JAMES J. WALKER (Deceased)
Inducted: August 17, 1985 in South Bend, IN
Date of Birth: May 13, 1918 in Macon, GA
High School Attended: South Bend Washington Graduated: 1938
High School Honors: First team All-Twin City, All-Northern Indiana Conference; All-State Left Tackle in 1937; captain of baseball and basketball teams 1937 and 1938.
College Attended: University of Iowa Graduated: 1942
Miami University, OH MA 1950
College Honors: In 1941, Negro All-American Star and All-American Football Team; also member of the 1942 Chicago Tribune College All-Star team; one of famed Hawkeye "Iron Men" that played 60 minutes of every game, upsetting Notre Dame, as well as University of Minnesota, National Champions at the time.
Professional Athletic Background: Played with the Oakland Giants.
Coaching Experience: Head coach and member of the athletic department faculty at Central State University, Wilberforce, OH, for 25 years until his death; record of 61-53-3.
Coaching Honors: In September 1975, was selected as an assistant coach of the East Team for the Fourth Annual All-Ohio Shrine Bowl; after a 1974 tornado destroyed the Central State campus, a new gymnasium was built and named in honor of Coach Walker in June of 1978.
Outstanding Players Coached: Walter Sellers, Little All-American.
Family: Wife, Sammye
Coach Walker passed away October 1, 1975.