JAMES J. WALKER  (Deceased)

Inducted:  August 17, 1985 in South Bend, IN

Date of Birth:  May 13, 1918 in Macon, GA

High School Attended:  South Bend Washington             Graduated:  1938

High School Honors:  First team All-Twin City, All-Northern Indiana Conference; All-State Left Tackle in 1937; captain of baseball and basketball teams 1937 and 1938.

College Attended:  University of Iowa          Graduated:  1942

                            Miami University, OH  MA                 1950

College Honors:  In 1941, Negro All-American Star and All-American Football Team; also member of the 1942 Chicago Tribune College All-Star team; one of famed Hawkeye "Iron Men" that played 60 minutes of every game, upsetting Notre Dame, as well as University of Minnesota, National Champions at the time.

Professional Athletic Background:  Played with the Oakland Giants.

Coaching Experience:  Head coach and member of the athletic department faculty at Central State University, Wilberforce, OH, for 25 years until his death; record of 61-53-3.

Coaching Honors:  In September 1975, was selected as an assistant coach of the East Team for the Fourth Annual All-Ohio Shrine Bowl; after a 1974 tornado destroyed the Central State campus, a new gymnasium was built and named in honor of Coach Walker in June of 1978.

Outstanding Players Coached:  Walter Sellers, Little All-American. 

Family:  Wife, Sammye

Coach Walker passed away October 1, 1975.