Joe Gilliam, Sr.

Joe Gilliam, Sr.
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born c. 1923
Steubenville, Ohio
Died November 14, 2012 (aged 89)
Nashville, Tennessee
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1952–1954 Oliver HS (KY)
1955–1956 Jackson State (assistant)
1957–1958 Kentucky State
1963–1983 Tennessee State (DC)
1989–1992 Tennessee State
Head coaching record
Overall 23–36–2 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
WVSU Sports Hall of Fame (1987)

Joseph W. Gilliam, Sr. (c. 1923 – November 14, 2012) was a college football player and coach.

Gilliam was born in Steubenville, Ohio, and began his collegiate playing career at Indiana University before transferring to West Virginia State University, where he was an All-American at quarterback.

Gilliam was head football and basketball coach at Oliver High School in Winchester, Kentucky from 1952 to 1954, winning a state championship in football in 1954.

Gilliam joined coach John Merritt's coaching staff at Jackson State University in 1955 and left in 1957 to become head coach at Kentucky State University. After compiling a record of 2–13–1 at Kentucky State, he coached briefly at the high school level before returning to Merritt's staff at Jackson State. He followed the Merritt to Tennessee State University,[1] where, as defensive coordinator, he helped the Tigers to four undefeated seasons and seven black college football national championships in a 20-year span.

Gilliam served as head coach at Tennessee Statefrom 1989 to 1992, earning Ohio Valley Conference Coach Of The Year honors in 1990.

Gilliam is father of former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Joe Gilliam, and the grandfather of R&B singer Joi. Gilliam was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall Of Fame in 2007. At the time of his death, Gilliam was residing in Nashville.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Kentucky State Thorobreds () (1957–1958)
1957 Kentucky State 3–6
1958 Kentucky State 0–7–1
Kentucky State: 3–13–1
Tennessee State Tigers (Ohio Valley Conference) (1989–1992)
1989 Tennessee State 5–5–1 3–3 T–3rd
1990 Tennessee State 7–4 4–2 3rd
1991 Tennessee State 3–8 2–5 T–6th
1992 Tennessee State 5–6 5–3 4th
Tennessee State: 20–23–1 14–13
Total: 23–36–2


  1. Henderson, Ashyia (2002). Contemporary biography. Gale Research Inc. p. 71. ISBN 978-0-7876-5282-1. Retrieved 16 April 2011.

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