Born: 6/3/1914 Died: Deceased Birthplace: Copper Hill, TN
Joel Harry Eaves was born June 3, 1914 in Copper Hill, Tennessee. Joel entered Auburn in 1933 on a football scholarship and was All-SEC selections in 1936. In 1937 he pitched Auburn to an SEC baseball championship, just before graduating with honors. He coached at Sewanee from 1937 to 1941. In 1949 he went to Auburn to coach basketball for 14 seasons. In 1960 his Auburn Tigers won the SEC basketball championship. It was here that Coach Eaves introduced the "shuffle offense" that caught on nationwide. In 1963 he took over as Athletic Director at the University of Georgia. In 1988 the Coliseum at Auburn was renamed the Eaves Memorial Coliseum. He is deceased.