Billy Joe

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Billy Joe in 1965

William "Billy" Joe (born October 14, 1940 in Aynor, South Carolina) is the former head football coach at Miles College.

Joe played collegiately at Villanova. He was the American Football League Rookie of the Year in 1963 with the AFL's Denver Broncos. In 1965, he was traded to the Buffalo Bills for their legendary fullback, Cookie Gilchrist, and made the AFL All-Star Team, starting for the Bills in their 1965 AFL Championship victory over the San Diego Chargers.

Joe later was a successful college head coach for 33 seasons at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Central State University and Florida A&M University. FAMU let Joe and his staff go after the 2004 season, citing financial difficulties. In 2007 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

After a three-season absence as a coach, Joe was named head football coach at Miles College on December 12, 2007, replacing Wade Streeter. Joe's 2008 squad finished the season with a 2-8 record.

In October 2010, Joe announced his resignation from coaching, citing unspecified health reasons. He ended his 33-year career with 243 wins, trailing only Eddie Robinson's 408 victories among coaches at historically black colleges. Assistant Patrick Peasant took over as interim coach for the remainder of the 2010 season.

Preceded by:
Wade Streeter
Miles College Head Football Coach
2008-2010
Succeeded by:
Patrick Peasant

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