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Funeral held for legendary TSU football coach Joe Gilliam, Sr.

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Services for the former coach and Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame inductee were held at Temple Church on Kings Lane in Nashville at Noon. Services for the former coach and Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame inductee were held at Temple Church on Kings Lane in Nashville at Noon.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Funeral services were held on Monday for legendary Tennessee State University football coach Joe Gilliam Senior.

Services for the former coach and Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame inductee were held at Temple Church on Kings Lane in Nashville at Noon.

Gilliam's career at the Nashville university spanned over 40 years. He first served as an assistant to TSU coach John Merritt in 1963 before being named defensive coordinator in the 1980s.

Gilliam was named TSU's head coach in 1989.

During his time as coach he led the team to four undefeated seasons and seven Black College National Titles.

Gilliam passed away Wednesday at the age of 89.

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