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W.L. Laval

YEAR INDUCTED 2011
SPORTS Coach, AD

Born in Columbia, S.C., in 1885, coach William L. “Billy” Laval was one of the most legendary coaches in the history of collegiate athletics in the state of South Carolina.

He began his coaching career at the age of 18 at Erskine and then went on to pitch for the Furman baseball team from 1904-05. He then went on to play minor league baseball, playing for 10 teams with a .253 batting average and a 42-37 pitching record, playing with many notable players including Shoeless Joe Jackson.

Laval continued to coach college teams while playing minor league baseball. His college coaching resume includes Erskine (1903 and 1905), Sewanee College (1904), Furman (1908, 1912-1927), University of South Carolina (1928-34), Emory and Henry College (1936-37) and Newberry College (1938-50).

Laval came to Newberry in 1938 to coach football, basketball and baseball. As the head football coach he compiled a 45-61-5 record for a .428 winning percentage. Six of his players were named All-Americans with one all-state player. The 1940 team was the Little Four champions and he was at the helm for the program’s 100th victory over Presbyterian on November 27, 1947.

Laval also served as the head men’s basketball coach, earning a career record of 68-91 in 10 seasons.

He also left his mark as the head baseball coach with a career record of 147-67-1 in 12 seasons. Laval’s baseball teams became known for earning victories over the New York Yankees. Each spring as the Yankees’ traveling team was making its way from Florida back to New York City, the team would stop to take on Newberry Colege. Laval’s team would come out victorious over the Yankees every time.
During his time at Newberry, Coach Laval was referred to as the “Ole Man”. Laval retired from coaching in 1950, returning to Columbia to work and be with family.

In The State newspaper in November 2009, columnist Ron Morris said “Laval earned the right to be called the greatest collegiate coach in South Carolina athletics history. We’re talking about the entire state to include all the best coaches over the years at any level, from Erskine to Clemson, from Charleston Southern to College of Charleston.”