Jim Hess

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Jim Hess
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1936-12-01) December 1, 1936 (age 80)
Farmersville, Texas
Playing career
1956–1957 Paris JC
1958–1959 Southeastern Oklahoma State
Position(s) Fullback, cornerback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1974–1981 Angelo State
1982–1988 Stephen F. Austin
1990–1996 New Mexico State
Head coaching record
Overall 135–107–5

James Hess (born December 1, 1936) is a former head football coach at Angelo State University, Stephen F. Austin State University and at New Mexico State. From 1974 to 1981 he coached at Angelo State, where in 1978 the team went undefeated and won the NAIA national championship. From 1982 to 1988, he coached at SFA, where he compiled a 47–30–2 record, 10–3 in his final season. From 1990 to 1996, he coached at New Mexico State, where he compiled a 22–55 (.286) record. He was fired in 1996 after his second 1–10 season at the school.

Jim Hess was a scout for the Dallas Cowboys until 2006. He is credited with "finding" Tony Romo in 2006, then an unknown, undrafted free-agent from Division I-AA Eastern Illinois.

Hess is currently the color commentator for Angelo State University.


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