Jim Weaver (sportsperson)

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Jim Weaver
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born 1903
Died July 11, 1970 (aged 67)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Playing career
Football
c. 1919 Emory & Henry
c. 1923 Centenary
Basketball
c. 1920 Emory & Henry
Baseball
c. 1920 Emory & Henry
1923–1924 Centenary
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
c. 1925 Centenary (freshmen)
1928–1932 Oak Ridge Military Academy (NC)
1933–1936 Wake Forest
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1937–1954 Wake Forest
1954–1970 ACC (commissioner)
Head coaching record
Overall 10–23–1 (college)

James H. Weaver (1903 – July 11, 1970) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Wake Forest University from 1933 to 1936, compiling a record of 10–23–1. Weaver was athletic director at Wake Forest from 1937 to 1954. As athletic director at Wake Forest, one of his most notable actions was the development of the golf program, including the recruitment and award of a scholarship to Arnold Palmer. On May 7, 1954, he was named commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). He held the post until his death in 1970.

Early life and playing career[edit]

Weaver was a native of Rutherfordton, North Carolina. In 1919 he matriculated at Emory and Henry College, where he played football, basketball, and baseball. His father, Charles C. Weaver, was president of the college. The younger Weaver subsequently attended Trinity College in Durham, North Carolina – now Duke University – before moving on to Centenary College of Louisiana, where he played football.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After graduating from Centenary, Weaver played professional football and coached the freshmen football team as his alma mater. He returned to North Carolina to become the football coach at Oak Ridge Military Academy in 1928, serving in that capacity for five years.[1]

Death[edit]

Weaver died at the age of 67 in Colorado Springs, Colorado on July 11, 1970.[2]

Honors[edit]

The James Weaver Award, awarded from 1970 to 1994, for the ACC Student-Athlete of the Year (showing exceptional achievement on the playing field and in the classroom), was named after Weaver . In 1994, it merged with other awards, eventually forming the Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Awards. Weaver was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1971, following his death. He was also among the inaugural class inducted into the Wake Forest athletics hall of fame.

Head coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Big Five Conference) (1933–1935)
1933 Wake Forest 0–5–1
1934 Wake Forest 3–7
1935 Wake Forest 2–7
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Southern Conference) (1933–1935)
1936 Wake Forest 5–4 2–3 10th
Wake Forest: 10–23–1
Total: 10–23–1

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