By Fred L. Jones, Jr.
The Booker T. Washington National Alumni Association is set to honor Orlando Hazley, Sr. and the late Barbara Coleman during halfime activities Friday October 9th. Hazley and Coleman are household names among the Hornet nation.
Orlando Hazley was an outstanding student athlete and the first African-American letterman at Oklahoma State University in the late 1950s. He was a world class sprinter and is a member of the OSU Track Hall of Fame. For his accomplishments at OSU and his contributions to society as a teacher, coach, school administrator, mentor, and role model to young people, he received the OSU Black Alumni Association’s Trailblazer Award.
In January of 1966 Mr. Hazley moved from teaching school in Oklahoma City to Tulsa at Booker T. Washington High School and became the head track coach and biology teacher. While serving as head track coach he coached some of the most outstanding athletes to ever walk the halls of Booker T in the name of John Wineberry, Shelby Morris, Clinton Ball, Darryl (Roadrunner) Johnson, Ruben Gant, Michael Choice, and many more. The team brought home the football state championship in 1971 and again in 1973.
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