|Sport(s)||Track and field|
|Born||July 2, 1868
|Died||December 14, 1947
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Hayward was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1868, but grew up in Toronto. An all-around athlete likened to Jim Thorpe, Hayward excelled at ice hockey, rowing, wrestling, boxing, and played lacrosse on one of the Ottawa Capitals' world championship teams of the 1890s. Hayward was also renowned as one of Canada's fastest sprinters, running distances from 75 to 600 yards.
Early coaching career
Hayward's first coaching job was as an assistant track coach first at Princeton University in 1898, and then at California. In 1901, he moved to Oregon, becoming the head track coach at Pacific University in Forest Grove, where he trained future Olympic gold medalist A. C. Gilbert and coached the Boxers to the state collegiate track championship.
In 1903, he took the head job at Albany College (now Lewis & Clark College), where his track team defeated the University of Oregon. Oregon promptly hired him as their first permanent track coach the next year.
Oregon and Olympic career
As head coach of the Oregon Ducks track and field team, Hayward (who was known as "Colonel Bill" due to his gruff demeanor) built Oregon's track program into one of regional dominance and national prominence over his 44 years as coach. In all, he coached four track world record holders, six American record holders and nine Olympians. Notable Oregon athletes trained by Hayward include:
- sprinter Daniel Kelly, set records in the 100-yard dash at 9.6 seconds in 1906 and the 220 yard run (21.1 seconds), won silver medal in the long jump in the 1908 Summer Olympics
- hurdler Martin Hawkins, won a bronze medal in the 100 meter hurdles in the 1912 Summer Olympics
- pole vaulter Ralph Spearow, set the world record in the pole vault in 1924
- long distance runner Ralph Hill, won a silver medal in the 5000 meters at the 1932 Summer Olympics
- discus thrower Ed Moeller, set the world record in the discus throw in 1929
- javelin thrower Bob Parke, 1934 NCAA champion in the javelin
- sprinter Mack Robinson, 1938 NCAA champion in the 220 yard dash, won a silver medal in the 200 meters at the 1936 Summer Olympics
- pole vaulter George Varoff, who set the world record in the pole vault in 1936
- high jumper Les Steers, who set three world records and was NCAA champion in the high jump in 1941
- Bill Bowerman, who would succeed Hayward as coach and was a co-founder of Nike Inc.
In addition to his track coaching duties, Hayward served as the athletic trainer for Oregon's football team, where he was known for inventing knee braces and other equipment for the players. He also coached Oregon's men's basketball team from 1903 to 1913 and again in 1917-1918, compiling an overall record of 34-29.
Prior to 1921, Hayward's athletes trained at Kincaid Field, which was also the site of Oregon's football field. The field was upgraded several times to accommodate the needs of the growing track and field program, but by 1912, plans for a new facility were made. In 1919, a new football field was built and named Hayward Field in Coach Hayward's honor, though it would be two more years before track and field facilities were installed. In 1967, the opening of Autzen Stadium for football gave the track and field team exclusive use of Hayward Field.
Death and legacy
Hayward retired from coaching in the fall of 1947. He was hospitalized a few months later after being stricken with a heart ailment, and died in the hospital on December 14, 1947. Hayward was buried at Rest-Haven Cemetery in Eugene, OR.
Hayward was an inaugural inductee to both the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and the University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. In 2005, he was inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The Bill Hayward Amateur Athlete of Year Award is given annually to the best amateur athlete in the state of Oregon.
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