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Former Livingstone, St. Paul's basketball coach Ed Joyner Sr. dies
Brother of JCSU coach Steve Joyner
Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 8:23 pm
by Herbert L. White

Edward “Buck” Joyner Sr., former head basketball coach at St. Paul's and Livingstone died Wednesday in Hampton, Virginia, He was 68.

Mr. Joyner, a Winston-Salem native, started his collegiate coaching career in 1987 as an assistant at Johnson C. Smith with his younger brother Steve Joyner. 

He became head coach at Saint Paul's in Lawrenceville, Va., in 1993. Joyner held that position until he took over at Livingstone in 2000. After two seasons in Salisbury, Joyner returned to Saint Paul's for seven years until the school shut down its athletics programs in 2011.

Joyner returned to the CIAA at Livingstone as an assistant to James Stinson, where the Blue Bears won back-to-back championships in 2014 and 2015. He was also a volunteer assistant at Hampton under his son Edward Joyner Jr.

The elder Joyner grew up in Winston-Salem, where Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Clarence “Big House Gaines” was a neighbor and coach at CIAA power Winston-Salem State. Ed and brother Steve were steeped in basketball and CIAA culture under Gaines’ tutelage and as youngsters pledged that the first to land a head coach job would hire the other.

When Steve took over JCSU’s men’s program, he put in a call to Ed, whose nickname is a takeoff of the Chubby Checker song “Hucklebuck.”
His response?

“No way,” Ed Sr. told ESPN in a 2009 article. “I was living in St. Croix, in paradise. I told him no way I was I coming home for some kiddie promise.”
Steve Joyner paid for a one-way plane ticket if Ed would visit Charlotte and offer advice. Steve convinced his big brother to stay.

“He bought me a one-way ticket,” Ed Sr. said told ESPN. “He knew I never could afford to go back and I never did. I still have clothes and a pool table there."

Mr. Joyner is a graduate of Florida Memorial University. Survivors include his wife Yvonne, daughter Rhea and son Ed "Buck" Joyner Jr. as well as five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


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