JAMES A. WHITMER
Inducted: June 25, 2004 in South Bend, IN
High School Attended: South Bend Riley Graduated: 1948
High School Honors: Starter on 1947 and 1948 football teams; also lettered in basketball and baseball.
College Attended: Purdue University Graduated: 1956
Indiana University 1969
College Honors: Starter for 3 years as halfback; All-Academic Big Ten in 1955; awarded game ball vs Indiana University in 1955 Old Oaken Bucket game; played for North in North-South Shrine Game at Miami, FL, in 1956.
Professional Athletic Background: Drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers in 1956, but did not accept draft due to desire to teach and coach.
Coaching Experience: Head football coach at Maumee, OH, HS 1956, winning conference; head coach at South Bend Riley HS 1957-1971, with 2 Northern Indiana Conference Eastern Division Championships 1964 and 1965; won the NIC Championship 1965; retired from coaching in 1972.
Special Recognition: Served two years in US Army; played football at Indian Gap, PA, and in Europe as an offensive halfback; selected for All-United States Forces Austria Team; served as a teacher and head of health department at Riley, retiring in 1991.
Family: Wife, Sylvia; sons, James and David; six grandchildren.
(Updated November, 2011)