May 26, 1899|
Wheeling, West Virginia
|Died||October 31, 1961
|c. 1920||Washington & Jefferson|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|1960–1961||Roseburg HS (OR)|
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
1 NCAC (1939)
1 PCC (1948)
James Wilson "Jim" Aiken (May 26, 1899 – October 31, 1961) was an American football player and coach of football and basketball. He served as the head football coach at the University of Akron (1936–1938), the University of Nevada, Reno (1939–1946), and the University of Oregon (1947–1950), compiling a career college football record of 78–53–5. Aiken was also the head basketball coach at Nevada for a season in 1944–1945, tallying a mark of 8–9.
From 1936 to 1938 at Akron, his teams posted a 19–7–1 record, which is the best mark in school history. From 1939 to 1946, at Nevada, he posted a 38–26–3 record. At Oregon he compiled a 21–20 record, and led the Ducks to an undefeated conference record in 1948 and the Cotton Bowl. That team was led on the field by quarterback Norm Van Brocklin, a future member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
After four seasons in Eugene, Aiken resigned as head coach at Oregon in June 1951, and entered the lumber business in Roseburg. Aiken had several mild heart attacks in the late 1950s and was later the athletic director at Roseburg High School. After giving a speech at a sports dinner in 1961 in Medford, he suffered a heart attack and died at age 62.
Head coaching record
|Akron Zips (Independent) (1936–1938)|
|Nevada Wolf Pack (Far Western Conference) (1939)|
|Nevada Wolf Pack (Independent) (1940–1945)|
|Oregon Webfoots (Pacific Coast Conference) (1947–1950)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|#Rankings from final AP Poll.|
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- "Final Coast Conference standings". Eugene Register-Guard. November 21, 1948. p. 1.
- Strite, Dick (January 2, 1949). "Oregon, Cal both drop bowl games". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1.
- "Oregon stars a Trilby for Svengali Jim Aiken". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. November 15, 1948. p. 2, final.
- Clark, Bob (September 3, 1998). "Top Ducks". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 3D.
- Strite, Dick (June 14, 1941). "UO coach Jim Aiken quits post". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1.
- "Aiken doubtful of candidacy". Eugene Register-Guard. February 29, 1952. p. 1.
- "Ex-grid coach Aiken dies after speech". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. November 2, 1961. p. 10, part 2.
- Jim Aiken at the College Football Data Warehouse
- Jim Aiken at College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com
- Jim Aiken at Find a Grave