By Ray Van Dusen
ABERDEEN – Former Aberdeen High School coach Roy Hazzle, along with six other former Mississippi Valley State University athletes, will be inducted the university’s Hall of Fame on April 12.
“I’m proud to be honored and selected,” Hazzle said, who was a standout MVSU baseball player from 1974-1977. “It’s been a period of 36 years since I graduated, and it’s time I’ve put to good use from my experience. My first group of students graduated in 1983, and to see 30 graduating classes, you can’t put a price tag on that.”
He credits former coaches and teammates to his success as an athlete.
Hazzle opted out on pursuing a professional baseball career to return home to Aberdeen to take care of his mother. He worked in several capacities in the Aberdeen School District’s athletic program before ending his tenure last year.
He was head boys basketball coach for 26 years, winning 15 division titles and a state championship in 2008.
“This honor is a testament of not giving up on what you want to be and putting God in your life. I haven’t seen many people make it without work and hard work,” Hazzle said.
A get together ceremony will be held in Greenwood on April 11 in Hazzle’s honor with the banquet following April 12 at 6 p.m. at the Charles Lackey Recreation Center on the MVSU campus. For more information on tickets for the banquet, call 369-4355.