Don James enjoyed quite a coaching career in college football.
Following two seasons as the starting QB for the Miami Hurricanes in the early 1950s and a stint in the Army, he made his way into coaching in 1956-57 while getting his master’s degree at the University of Kansas.
From 1959-70, James was an assistant coach with Florida State, Michigan and Colorado.
He took his first head coaching position with Kent State in 1971 and went 25-19-1 in four seasons, which included a Mid-American Conference title in 1972.
- Shell icebreaker begins journey after protesters removed from Portland bridge
- Surviving Seattle’s sidewalks: Pedestrian rage rises as the population grows
- Seahawks agree to contract extension with quarterback Russell Wilson
- Dustin Ackley trade symbolizes continuing dark days of Mariners
- Haggen cuts worker hours in Seattle area
Most Read Stories
James took over as UW head coach in 1975 and spent 18 glorious seasons with the Huskies. When he stepped down in 1993, he left with legendary status.
His teams compiled a 153-57-2 record (10-4 in bowl games), won six Pac-10 championships, four Rose Bowl titles and the 1991 National Championship after going 12-0.
In 1984 and 1991 he was named national college coach of the year and in 1997 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
The “Dawgfather” talked about the memorable 1991 season, his illustrious coaching career and much more in a live chat on Aug. 24.