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Jim Wacker
Original name: James Herbert Wacker
Birth: Apr. 28, 1937
Detroit
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Death: Aug. 26, 2003
San Marcos
Hays County
Texas, USA

College Football Coach. He served as the head football coach at Texas Lutheran University at Seguin, Texas (1971 to 1975) North Dakota State University at Fargo, North Dakota (1976 to 1978), Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University at San Marcos, Texas) (1979 to 1982), Texas Christian University at Fort Worth, Texas (1983 to 1991), and the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota (1992 to 1996), compiling a career college football record of 159-131-3. He won two National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II National Championships with Texas Lutheran in 1974 and 1975, and two National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II National Championships with Southwest Texas State in 1981 and 1982. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of a Lutheran minister. After high school, he attended Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in 1960 and furthered his studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. He became head football coach of Texas Christian University (TCU) after the 1992 season and had early success there. In 1984, his team was ranked as high as Number 12, their highest ranking since 1960, and was invited to the Bluebonnet Bowl after an 8-3 record in the regular season. TCU lost a showdown for the Southwest Conference title with the Number 10-ranked Texas Longhorns on November 10, 1984, in what remains the third best-attended game in the history of Amon G. Carter Stadium. After the season, he was named as National Coach of the Year by ESPN, the UPI, and The Sporting News, and was awarded the 1984 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. With high promise for the 1985 season, he appeared on the cover of Dave Campbell's Texas Football alongside his All-American running back, Kenneth Davis, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 1984 and a leading candidate for the award in 1985. After the first game of the 1985 season, he discovered that several players, including Davis, had been benefiting from a payment plan in violation of NCAA rules. He dismissed the players from the team and voluntarily reported the infractions to the NCAA, which issued stiff recruiting penalties on his team. These actions led to his reputation as a man of integrity. After several years of struggling due to the NCAA penalties, he brought TCU back to success in 1990, when they returned to the top 25 for the first time since 1984 with a 5-1 early record, before slumping after a season-ending injury to their starting quarterback. In 1991 TCU finished 7-4 for their first winning season since 1984. While serving as the head coach for the University of Minnesota, he had a disappointing won-lost record (16-39), but for three years his teams led the conference with academic all-conference honors. From 1996 to 1998 he was an announcer on CBS Radio and then returned to Southwest Texas State University serve as athletic director until 2001. He died after a long battle with cancer in San Marcos, Texas. In November 2003, Southwest Texas State named its football field at Bobcat Stadium "Jim Wacker Field" in his honor.
 (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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San Marcos Cemetery
San Marcos
Hays County
Texas, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 14, 2010
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