WHITMER, JAMES A.

JAMES A. WHITMER

Inducted:  June 25, 2004 in South Bend, IN
       
Date of Birth:  October 26, 1930 in South Bend

High School Attended:  South Bend Riley      Graduated:  1948

High School Honors:  Starter on 1947 and 1948 football teams; also lettered in basketball and baseball.

College Attended:  Purdue University           Graduated:  1956

                           Indiana University                             1969

College Honors:  Starter for 3 years as halfback; All-Academic Big Ten in 1955; awarded game ball vs Indiana University in 1955  Old Oaken Bucket game; played for North in North-South Shrine Game at Miami, FL, in 1956.

Professional Athletic Background:  Drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers in 1956, but did not accept draft due to desire to teach and coach.

Coaching Experience:  Head football coach at Maumee, OH, HS 1956, winning conference; head coach at South Bend Riley HS 1957-1971, with 2 Northern Indiana Conference Eastern Division Championships 1964 and 1965; won the NIC Championship 1965; retired from coaching in 1972.

Special Recognition:  Served two years in US Army; played football at Indian Gap, PA, and in Europe as an offensive halfback; selected for All-United States Forces Austria Team; served as a teacher and head of health department at Riley, retiring in 1991.

Family:  Wife, Sylvia; sons, James and David; six grandchildren.

(Updated November, 2011)