Jim Sochor

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Jim Sochor
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1938-02-11)February 11, 1938
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Died November 23, 2015(2015-11-23) (aged 77)
Playing career
1957–1959 San Francisco State
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1960–1965 San Francisco State (assistant)
1967–1969 UC Davis (assistant)
1970–1988 UC Davis
1996–1998 Scottish Claymores (OC)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1989–1991 UC Davis
Head coaching record
Overall 156–41–5
Bowls 0–1
Tournaments 4–8 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
18 Far Western / NCAC (1971–1988)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1999 (profile)

Jim Sochor (February 11, 1938 – November 23, 2015) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at the University of California, Davis from 1970 to 1988 during which time compiling a record of 156–41–5 and won 18 consecutive conference championships, then a college football record. Sochor also served as the athletic director at UC Davis from 1989 to 1991. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1999.

Early years[edit]

Sochor was born February 11, 1938 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Coach Sochor grew up in San Francisco, California.

Playing career[edit]

Sochor was a quarterback for San Francisco State from 1957 to 1959 and led them to three league championships. Jim Sochor played quarterback at George Washington HS in San Francisco. He also played on the basketball team.

Early coaching career[edit]

Sochor started his coaching career as an assistant at San Francisco State from 1960 to 1965. He then served as an assistant at the University of California, Davis from 1967 to 1969.

Head coach[edit]

Sochor became the head coach at UC Davis in 1970. Following his first year there, he had a streak of 18 consecutive conference championships, from 1971 to 1988. The only other college football program in NCAA history on any division level for this remarkable streak has been Mount Union College. His overall record between 1970 and 1988 was 156–41–5, a winning percentage of .785. In conference games under Sochor, the Aggies were 92–5. He had winning streaks of 41 and 38 in conference games. His Aggies were the final poll leaders at the end of the regular season in 1983 and 1985.

He was named national coach of the year in NCAA Division II in 1983. He was the coach of future NFL quarterbacks Mike Moroski and Ken O'Brien and kicker Rolf Benirschke. He was also a mentor to several future head coaches including Dan Hawkins, Paul Hackett, Mike Bellotti, Chris Petersen, Gary Patterson, and Bob Biggs.

1982 Palm Bowl[edit]

Sochor led the 1982 Aggies to the Palm Bowl in McAllen, Texas for the NCAA Division II national football championship against the Jim Wacker-led Southwest Texas State, but lost 34–9. Aggie Quarterback Ken O'Brien had suffered leg and ankle injuries in the semi-final game two weeks before, and as a result reserve Scott Barry had to lead the offense.

Later life and career[edit]

He served as the UC Davis director of athletics from 1989 to 1991. He served as the coach of the golf team for five years starting in 1992.

He served as the offensive coordinator of the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe for three years. They won World Bowl '96, 32–27, over the Frankfurt Galaxy during his time there.

In 1984 and 1988 he served as the assistant coach in the East–West Shrine Game.

Sochor died of cancer on November 23, 2015.[1]


Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
UC Davis Aggies (Far Western / Northern California Athletic Conference) (1970–1988)
1970 UC Davis 6–4 2–2 1st
1971 UC Davis 9–1 5–1 T–1st
1972 UC Davis 6–2–2 5–0 1st L Boardwalk
1973 UC Davis 7–3 4–1 T–1st
1974 UC Davis 9–1 5–0 1st
1975 UC Davis 7–3 5–0 1st
1976 UC Davis 8–2 5–0 1st
1977 UC Davis 11–1 5–0 1st L NCAA Division II Semifinal
1978 UC Davis 8–3 5–0 1st L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
1979 UC Davis 6–3–1 5–0 1st
1980 UC Davis 7–2–1 5–0 1st
1981 UC Davis 6–4 4–1 T–1st
1982 UC Davis 12–1 5–0 1st L NCAA Division II Championship
1983 UC Davis 11–1 6–0 1st L NCAA Division II Semifinal
1984 UC Davis 9–2 6–0 1st L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
1985 UC Davis 9–2 5–0 1st L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
1986 UC Davis 10–1 5–0 1st L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
1987 UC Davis 7–3 5–0 1st
1988 UC Davis 7–3–1 5–0 1st L NCAA Division II First Round
UC Davis: 156–41–5 92–5
Total: 156–41–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


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