Eaves in the 1951 Glomerata
June 3, 1914|
July 18, 1991 (aged 77)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
SEC regular season (1960)
SEC Coach of the Year (1960)
Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
Joel Harry Eaves (June 3, 1914 – July 18, 1991) was an American college football and basketball player, coach, and athletic director. He is perhaps most known for coaching basketball at his alma mater, the Auburn Tigers of Auburn University. He is the all-time winningest coach in Auburn basketball history. He was also once athletic director for the Georgia Bulldogs. Eaves was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1978.
On coach Jack Meagher's football team, Eaves was an end, selected All-SEC by the Associated Press in 1936. He was drafted in the eighth round of the 1937 NFL Draft by the Boston Redskins but never played in the National Football League (NFL).
He pitched on the baseball team.
Eaves coached the Auburn men's basketball program from 1949 to 1963. He guided Auburn to its first SEC championship in 1960, and was named SEC Coach of the Year that season. Eaves made famous the shuffle offense while at Auburn. After 14 seasons at Auburn, Eaves finished with a record of 213-100 (.681), making him the winningest men's basketball coach in Auburn history.
Eaves also assisted with the football team while at Auburn, helping with the freshmen ends for two years before coaching varsity defensive ends, contributing to Auburn's 1957 national championship.
Joel Eaves was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1978. Auburn's Memorial Coliseum was renamed after Eaves to Joel H. Eaves Memorial Coliseum in 1987, and later to Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum in 1993.
Head coaching record
|Sewanee (Southeastern Conference) (1938–1940)|
|Sewanee (Independent) (1940–1941)|
|Sewanee:||4–43 (.085)||0–22 (.000)|
|Auburn (Southeastern Conference) (1949–1963)|
|Auburn:||213–100 (.681)||124–75 (.623)|
Postseason invitational champion
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