Hal McAfee

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Hal McAfee
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Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born November 20, 1953
Died November 22, 2008
Playing career
1973–1975 Arkansas
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Arkansas (GA)
Marlin HS (DC)
Harmony Grove HS
Tarleton State (DC)
Tarleton State
Fort Lewis College (OC)
Head coaching record
Overall 36–18
Accomplishments and honors
1989, 1990 TIAA championships
1976 Cotton Bowl Classic Defensive MVP

Harold "Hal" McAfee is a former American football coach. He served as head coach at Tarleton State University from 1988 to 1992. McAfee compiled a 36–18 overall record, including an 11–1 season in 1990, the first ever undefeated regular season in school history.

McAfee was an All-Southwest Conference linebacker at the University of Arkansas. He helped the Razorbacks to a 31–10 win over Georgia in the 1976 Cotton Bowl Classic, earning him the game's Defensive Most Valuable Player award. McAfee would eventually be named to the Cotton Bowl Classic Hall of Heroes for the 1970s and the Houston Chronicle All-Time Cotton Bowl Classic team.

He started his coaching career as a defensive graduate assistant at his alma mater before moving on to the high school level. He became defensive coordinator at the high school in Marlin, Texas, before moving on to his first head coaching job at Harmony Grove High School in Camden, Arkansas.

Returning to the collegiate level in 1986, McAfee was hired as defensive coordinator by Bill Pringle at Tarleton State University. The Texans won consecutive TIAA championships in 1986 and 1987, finishing seasons 9–1–1 and 9–3, respectively.

In 1988, McAfee succeeded Pringle as head coach at Tarleton State and spent the next five years leading the team. TSU won two TIAA championships (1989 & 1990) and made it to the NAIA II National Quarterfinals twice (1989 & 1990) in those five years.

McAfee died on November 22, 2008 of a massive heart attack while exercising on a treadmill in Arkadelphia, Arkansas where he lived. He was 55 years old.