Jim Hess

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Jim Hess
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1936-12-01) December 1, 1936 (age 81)
Farmersville, Texas
Playing career
1956–1957 Paris JC
1958–1959 Southeastern Oklahoma State
Position(s) Fullback, cornerback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1961–1962 McKinney HS (TX) (assistant)
1963–1964 Rockwall HS (TX)
1965–1966 Kilgore HS (TX)
1967–1970 Rice (DL)
1971 Baytown Sterling HS (TX)
1972–1973 Angelo State (DC)
1974–1981 Angelo State
1982–1988 Stephen F. Austin
1990–1996 New Mexico State
Head coaching record
Overall 134–108–5 (college)
Tournaments 4–2 (NAIA D-I playoffs)
1–1 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 NAIA Division I (1978)
1 LSC (1978)
1 Gulf Star (1985)

James Hess (born December 1, 1936) is a former American football coach. He served as the head football coach at Angelo State University from 1974 to 1981, at Stephen F. Austin State University from 1982 to 1988, and at New Mexico State University from 1990 to 1996, compiling a career college football caching record of 134–108–5. From 1974 to 1981 he coached at Angelo State, where in 1978 the team went undefeated and won the NAIA Division I Football 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.

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.

Head coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Angelo State Rams (Lone Star Conference) (1974–1981)
1974 Angelo State 5–6 3–6 8th
1975 Angelo State 8–2–1 7–1–1 2nd
1976 Angelo State 5–5–1 3–3–1 5th
1977 Angelo State 8–2 5–2 T–3rd
1978 Angelo State 14–0 7–0 1st W NAIA Division I Championship
1979 Angelo State 9–3 5–2 T–2nd L NAIA Division I Semifinal
1980 Angelo State 8–2–1 5–1–1 2nd L NAIA Division I Quarterfinal
1981 Angelo State 8–3 5–2 T–2nd
Angelo State: 65–23–3 40–17–3
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (Lone Star Conference) (1982–1983)
1982 Stephen F. Austin 6–5 4–3 T–2nd
1983 Stephen F. Austin 7–4 5–2 3rd
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (Gulf Star Conference) (1984–1986)
1984 Stephen F. Austin 7–3–1 1–3–1
1985 Stephen F. Austin 9–2 4–1 T–1st
1986 Stephen F. Austin 5–6 1–3
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (Southland Conference) (1987–1988)
1987 Stephen F. Austin 3–7–1 1–5 T–6th
1988 Stephen F. Austin 10–3 5–1 2nd L NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal
Stephen F. Austin: 47–30–2 20–18–1
New Mexico State Aggies (Big West Conference) (1990–1996)
1990 New Mexico State 1–10 1–6 7th
1991 New Mexico State 2–9 2–5 7th
1992 New Mexico State 6–5 3–3 T–4th
1993 New Mexico State 5–6 4–3 4th
1994 New Mexico State 3–8 2–5 8th
1995 New Mexico State 4–7 3–4 T–6th
1996 New Mexico State 1–10 0–5 6th
Jim Hess: 22–55 15–32
Total: 134–108–5

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