Billy Joe Resigns as Miles College Head Coach

Billy Joe, One of the historied football coaches in FAMU

Citing health concerns, Miles coach Billy Joe retired this week before the Tigers play ASU.

Miles College Press Release

FAIRFIELD, Alabama, - Miles College Head football Coach William “Billy” Joe met with College administrators earlier this afternoon to tender his resignation immediately as Head Coach due to health issues.

Billy Joe stated, “It’s been a great and glorious three year ride. But health concerns are becoming too much of a challenge for me to continue in my current capacity.” Joe further states, “I’m still going to be around though to support the College and become the schools number one fan.” Miles President, Dr. George T. French, Jr., said of Joe, “Coach Billy Joe has been a tremendous service to our Athletic Program and to the Institution overall. His presence will be missed.”

2008 marked the first season the Golden Bears played under Billy Joe and his 32nd year serving as a head coach. Joe leaves Miles as the second all-time winning Coach in HBCU history with over 240 wins, trailing only Grambling’s legendary Eddie Robinson. Billy Joe began his coaching career in 1971 as an assistant coach and later serving as the assistant running back coach for the Philadelphia Eagle’s before moving on to an illustrious career in Black College Football.

Joe was enshrined in 2007 into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame, Florida A&M University Sports Hall of Fame and the MEAC Hall of Fame. Joe is also an active member of the American Football Coaches’ Association.

Joe is 69 years-old and is credited with being the originator of the Gulf Coast Offense.

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