James in July 2013
|Born||December 31, 1932|
|Died||October 20, 2013 (aged 80)|
|Position(s)||Quarterback, defensive back|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1958||Southwest Miami HS (FL)|
|1959-1961||Florida State (DB)|
|1962-1965||Florida State (DC)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1 National (1991)|
1 MAC (1972)
6 Pac-8/Pac-10 (1977, 1980-81, 1990-92)
|AFCA Coach of the Year (1977)|
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (1991)
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1991)
George Munger Award (1991)
Sporting News College Football COY (1991)
MAC Coach of the Year (1972)
3x Pac-10 Coach of the Year
|College Football Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 1997 (profile)
|Years of service||1954-1956|
Donald Earl James (December 31, 1932 - October 20, 2013) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Kent State University from 1971 to 1974 and at the University of Washington from 1975 to 1992, compiling a career college football record of
His 1991 Washington team won a share of the national championship after completing a season with a decisive win over Michigan in the Rose Bowl. James was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach
James was born in 1932 at his family's home on the outskirts of Massillon, Ohio. He was the fourth of five sons. Four of the five played football, and the eldest, Tommy, starred at Ohio State on the 1942 national championship team, and played professional football for a decade
James attended Massillon Washington High School, played quarterback for the football team (1948, 1949), and graduated
James attended the University of Miami on a football scholarship, and was the Hurricanes' quarterback in 1952 and 1953. He set Miami single-season records for completions (121), yards (1,363), and completion percentage (56.9%). He earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1954, and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
James was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.
James was a graduate assistant for the Jayhawks at the University of Kansas under his former high school coach, Chuck Mather, and received a master's degree in education. He coached high school football in Florida at Southwest Miami High School in 1959, then was a college assistant coach for 12 seasons at Florida State, Michigan, and Colorado, the last nine as defensive coordinator.
James became a head coach in 1971 at Kent State in his native Ohio, where he had a record in four years. There he coached future NFL great Jack Lambert, current college head coach Nick Saban of Alabama, and former head coach Gary Pinkel of Missouri. During his four seasons at Kent, the Golden Flashes won their only Mid-American Conference (MAC) title in 1972, and played in their first bowl game, the Tangerine Bowl. The 1973 team posted the best record in program history at 9-2.
In December 1974, James was hired by University of Washington (UW) athletic director Joseph Kearney to succeed as head coach of the His original contract was for four years, starting at $28,000 per year.
Like Owens, James served as Husky head coach for 18 seasons, from 1975 until August 1993. He led the Huskies to a national championship in 1991. While at Washington, James' teams won four Rose Bowls, the Orange Bowl in January 1985, and had a record in all bowl games. Overall, James tallied a record at Washington, including a then-record 98 wins in Pacific-10 Conference play. (Against the five current North division opponents of the Pac-12, his record was Washington won 22 consecutive games from November 1990 to November 1992. James won national college coach of the year honors in 1977, 1984, and 1991. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
During the 1992 season, it was revealed that several Huskies players had received improper benefits. Among them, starting quarterback Billy Joe Hobert had received a series of loans totaling $50,000 made by a friend's father-in-law. While it was later determined the loan was neither an NCAA violation nor an institutional violation, this was the first in a series of reports by the Seattle Times and Los Angeles Times that initiated Pacific-10 Conference and NCAA investigations. These led to charges that Washington exhibited "lack of institutional control" over its handling of recruiting funds for on-campus visits and a Los Angeles booster summer jobs program. The Huskies received sanctions from both the NCAA and Pacific-10 Conference.
Though notably James and the coaching staff were not specifically cited as having broken any rules, James resigned from his head coaching position on August 22, 1993, in protest of what were considered unfair sanctions against his team for minor, unsubstantiated, or fabricated infractions. James later clarified he was protesting what was a betrayal by then University President William Gerberding. Though he and then Athletic Director Barbara Hedges had presented James the final list of penalties that all Pac-10 parties had agreed best for the football program and athletics, Gerberding argued in favor of altering the penalties against the program from a two-year TV revenue ban and one-year bowl ban, to a one-year TV revenue ban and two-year
In a 2006 interview with columnist Blaine Newnham of The Seattle Times, James said his resignation from head coaching "probably saved
James married his high school sweetheart, Carol Hoobler, a Massillon native who followed James to Miami where she became a cheerleader. They were married in August 1952 and had three children: Jeff, Jill, and Jeni.
|Kent State Golden Flashes (Mid-American Conference) (1971-1974)|
|1972||Kent State||6-5-1||4-1||1st||L Tangerine|
|Washington Huskies (Pacific-8/Pacific-10 Conference) (1975-1992)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
James' record at Washington against conference opponents (1975-1992)
|Washington State||13||5||0||.722||Apple Cup|
|Arizona State +||8||5||0||.615|
Assistant coaches under James who became NCAA or NFL head coaches: