Hails received All-State honors
as a halfback on the 11-0 1936 Centralia
High School football team. He still
ranks high on the list of CHS football
records. He is third in career points (228),
third in career TD’s (36), third in single
season points (142), second in single season
He also played basketball on CHS teams that
were 19-13 (1936 state appearance), 26-4
(1937 NEC champs).
Injuries during college and in the military
during WWII, cut his playing days short.
After his service time, he returned to the
University of Illinois and earned his
short coaching stints, he moved to
California and in 1952, he accepted the head
basketball, golf, and tennis coaching
positions at Ventura College. In fifteen
years as basketball coach, he had a record
of 224-191, and two conference titles.
Hails gave up the basketball duties after a
heart attack in 1967, and was still golf
coach when a second heart attack claimed his
life two years later at the age of 50.
He served as
president of the California Junior College
Coaches Association in 1965, and was
inducted into the California J.C. Coaches
Association Basketball Hall of Fame in 1970.