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1950 Coaching Staff
Coaches Walker, Gaines and Scott put together EIAC
Championship teams m both football and basketball
Charlie “Big Train” Mumford
The only player on Coach Gaines’ first team that
weighed more than 200 pounds was Charlie “Big Train”
Mumford. The “Coach” molded this young countiy-
boy from Clarktown, N.C. into an outstanding player.
Even more, they both became close friends. Coach Gaines
relied heavily on his leadership abilities, both on and
off the field. Mumford was a leader, helping to develop
the student government association.
Broncos Kicking It!!
Ruth Hassei j, and Frank Landis •
Two good friends played on the
Broncos’ men and women basketball
teams. Hassell is a member of the
Fayetteville State Athletic Hall of
Completed in 1939, Lilly Gymnasium was a premier
athletic facility for Blacks south of the Mason-Dixon
Line. Dunng the reign of “Gus” Gaines, it became
one of the most dreaded stops for visiting basketball
teams, male or female. Over the years, the women’s
tearn rarely loss a home game. It was rare that the
men s team loss two home games in a year. While
Lilly has been replaced by Capel Arena, it remains
special to tiTie Broncos.
Former quarterback Herbert Tatum dressed for
Wright was a steady player for the Broncos and a
good student. He took his talents to the classroom,
and later became principal in Roseboro, N.C. His
son played football for the Broncos during the ‘80s.
An All-EIAC performer
for the FSU Broncos,
Costen is a member of
the FSU Athletic Hall Of
L.AVRBTTA J. TaYLOK '
Miss Taylor was a native of Wilson, North Carolina. She was a
graduate of Barber Scotia Junior College and A&T State University where
she earned her bachelor of science degree in physical education. She earned
her master of arts degree from Columbia University, and did further
graduate work at Vale University and the University of Pittsburgh.
Miss Taylor joined the Fayetteville State staff in 1944 and has
served as a dormitory director, physical education instructor, and women’s
basketball coach. For years she served as chairman of the social and
recreation committee and chairman of the homecoming committee.
She strived to build school spirit comflradery among faculty and students.
Most Broncos remember her as the women’s basketball coach. All of
her teams were academically and athletically sound. She built Fayetteville
State into one of the CIAA’s dominating programs. Her 1975 and
1976 teams were runner-ups in the CIAA Tournament. In 1975 and 1976
she earned Coach of the Year honors. She was inducted into the CIAA
Hall of Fame in 1982.
Miss Taylor was a member of Evans Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion
Church and served as a member Fayetteville Recreation Boayd.
#3 “Slim” Parker Randolph “lllondle” Worsley
#5 William “Littledog” Harrison #L^ William C:arti;r
#7 Robert “Bullet” Simmons
Upon his arrival, Coach Gaines found a small group of players for the men's sports. He did not have a
ureat deal of time to do extensive recruitin}; fi»r his team, but soil's second year, he went out and
ttot some talent. Returnin}- to his roots in New York, he brousht in players to stock the football and
basketball teams, with some players playin> both sports. Among those players were live men who
would to become the foundation of his basketball domination. We call them the ‘Fab I- ive . These
vounu men were the core of his success, and to this day, remain close friends with their former coach.
William Carter (#13) holds the distinction of being Fayetteville State’s first competitive golfer. He
still holds the Bronco record for round average, 68. Carter shot: 68-69-68-67.