Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
Bill Haywood penned his own chapter in the school's baseball annals as a dominating pitcher in the early 60's.
Haywood enrolled at Wilmington College at age 23 after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He compiled a 17-3 record over two seasons and was a standout pitcher for the 1961 national championship team and 1962 national runner-up squad.
A powerful pitcher, Haywood transferred to UNC Chapel Hill and closed out his collegiate career by starting both seasons with the Tar Hells, going 10-0 in 1964 and winning team MVP honors on an ACC championship squad.
Haywood signed a contract with the Washington Senators at age 27 and reached the major leagues four years later. Following his professional career, he served as head coach at Western Carolina University from 1969-81 and later worked as assistant director of player development and coordinator of player instruction for the Seattle Mariners.
Haywood later was head baseball coach at Georgia Southwestern University in Americus, Ga., where he was named the Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference Coach-of-the-Year and was selected by the Atlanta Dugout Club as NAIA Baseball Coach-of-the-Year.