Hayes and Joyce Hunter

Hall of Fame • Class of 2011

Hayes and Joyce Hunter have been active volunteers for the Knoxville Track Club for more than two decades. The duo have staffed many finish lines, served as on-course monitors, and have been a valuable presence for track and field competitions at the University of Tennessee as well as local high school levels.

In the Footnotes Magazine back in 2005, Greer Fox wrote, "In 1972 Joyce and Hayes began helping with the youth track program at Webb School where Joyce was head of the Math Department. At the time there was no track program for girls, so Joyce volunteered to organize it, and subsequently served as the girls track coach for the next nineteen years." Joyce was selected KIL Coach of the Year in 1978. Joyce Hunter served as a member of the KTC Board of Directors during the 1990's including two years as Vice President. Both Joyce and Hayes were the race directors of the KTC Fireball 5K in 1995, 1996 and 1997.

The Hunters are widely recognized as outstanding USATF Master Officials specializing in the vertical jump events. The Master Official certification from USA Track and Field (USATF), the governing body of track and field in the United States, is the highest level of certified officials, reserved for those officials who are qualified to serve as lead officials on a national level. They have represented the Knoxville Track Club Officials at many major NCAA competitions including NCAA Division One National Championships across the United States, from Knoxville to Sacramento, and from Idaho to Louisiana and North Carolina. They have also officiated at NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships held at the University of Buffalo, the University of Texas, and at Drake University in Iowa. Their knowledge and skills are so great that they usually serve as Chief Judges for these events. Hayes and Joyce have also officiated NCAA Division Two National Championships in addition to ACC, SEC, Atlantic Sun, and Southern Conference Championships. As KTC Officials, they have represented the Knoxville Track Club and its excellent programs on the national scene since 1993.

The Hunters have been recognized on numerous occasions for their outstanding contributions and were the recipients of the Robert L Neff Award for Outstanding Service in 2001. In 2004, they were awarded the Canfield Award for KTC Volunteers of the Year and for 2007, the University of Tennessee Track and Field staff presented them with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Induction into the Knoxville Track Club Hall of Fame is fitting for two such outstanding contributing members of the club.