Inducted: 1984, coach
Born: October 12, 1910 - New York, New York
Deceased: February 22, 1991
A product of New York City's "Hell's Kitchen," Joe Yancey had a coaching career that spanned a half century. As co-founder of the New York Pioneer Club, he tutored many of the sport's great athletes, including Olympic sprint champion and fellow Hall of Famer Andy Stanfield. Yancey attended Virginia State College before graduating from New York University in 1935. He became the Pioneer Club's volunteer coach in 1936. He subsequently coached numerous indoor and outdoor national champions, including 18 Olympians who competed on five different Olympic teams. Besides Stanfield, other Olympic gold medalists included Lou Jones, Herb McKenley, George Rhoden, Arthur Went and Lloyd LaBeach. In 1948, 1952 and 1956, Yancey coached the Jamaican Olympic team. A member of the Black Athletes Hall of Fame, he was the recipient of the Bob Giegengack Award in 1983 for outstanding service to track and field. In addition to coaching, Yancey worked for the Internal Revenue Service.
undergraduate: New York (New York, New York), 1935