Eby, Jim


Jim, a lifelong teacher and football coach, was a three-sport athlete at Otterbein, earning eight letters in football, baseball and track and field. He likes to note that he scored three touchdowns and kicked three extra points in his first college game at Otterbein, and scored three touchdowns and three extra points in his last college game at Wooster College (upon graduating from Otterbein, Jim joined the Navy Air Corp and trained at Wooster). He won the javelin throw at the Drake Relays in 1943, and still sits second all-time at Otterbein with a throw of 192-4. Following World War II, he was invited to try out with the Philadelphia Eagles. Jim taught and coached at Trotwood-Madison High School (1947-52), Greenville High School (1952-56), and Colonel White High School (1956-71) until assuming the role of athletic director at Trotwood-Madison from 1971-81. He won a league championship in football at each school. Jim coached two eventual NFL All-Pro players while at Colonel White—Doug France with the Los Angeles Rams and Matt Blair with the Minnesota Vikings. He was inducted into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1981. He and his wife, Freda, have one daughter, three sons and 12 grandchildren.