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yrd
One of the greatest players ever to play at Troy University, Sim Byrd still owns many of the program’s
all-time passing records. During his three seasons at quarterback (1966-68), he guided the Red Wave to a 24-8
record and the school’s first national championship (1968). He was named a first team All-American as well
as being named all-conference in the Alabama Collegiate Conference after his senior year. As a senior, Byrd
set then single-season records for passing yards (3,569), completions (260) and pass attempts (414). He is
the TROY career record holder for touchdown passes (68) and total offense (7,373), ranks second in career
passing yards (7,619) and third in attempts (924) and completions (575). He is a member of the Alabama
Sports Hall of Fame.
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on
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aestri
Over the past 30 years, Don Maestri has guided the TROY men’s basketball program from a fledgling
Division II program to conference championships in three different Division I leagues. Along the way he
has racked up almost 500 victories, nine 20-win seasons and seven conference championships. Five different
conferences have called Maestri its coach of the year, tying him for the most among active coaches. Maestri,
who is TROY’s all-time winningest men’s basketball coach, has also gained acclaim for his scoring teams.
TROY has led the nation in scoring three times, as well as leading the nation in three-pointers seven times.
On Jan. 12, 1992, TROY became the first team to score 200 points in an NCAA basketball game, defeating
DeVry, 258-141. TROY hit 51 three-pointers during the game, still a NCAA record, and only one other team
at all NCAA levels has scored 200 points since.
A professor at the Troy Normal School, Vergil Parks McKinley was charged with the task of fielding the
school’s first football team. McKinley, who attended the University of Alabama, but never received a football
letter, had 14 players try out for the first team, but kept just 11. He guided that squad to a 1-0-2 record in
his only year as the head coach. He went on to serve as a faculty member at the University of Alabama from
1918 until his retirement in 1945. Both Troy University and the University of Alabama present a Virgil Parks
McKinley Employee Award on a regular basis. McKinley passed away on July 3, 1954.
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