Jimmy Feix

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Jimmy Feix
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
Born(1931-08-00) August 0, 1931 (age 81)
Playing career
1944–1948

1949–1952
Barret Manual Training School[1]
WKU
Position(s)Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1957–1968
1968–1983
WKU (AC)
WKU
Head coaching record
Overall106–56–6
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
As a player
1952 Ohio Valley Conference Champions
1952 Refrigerator Bowl Champions
As a coach
1963 Ohio Valley Conference Champions
1963 Tangerine Bowl Champions
1970 Ohio Valley Conference Champions
1971 Ohio Valley Conference Champions
1973 Ohio Valley Conference Champions
1973 NCAA Division II Runners-up
1975 Ohio Valley Conference Co-Champions
1975 NCAA Division II Runners-up
1978 Ohio Valley Conference Champions
1980 Ohio Valley Conference Champions
Awards
1952 Little All-American
Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year 1973, 1978, 1980
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions
 
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Jimmy Feix
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
Born(1931-08-00) August 0, 1931 (age 81)
Playing career
1944–1948

1949–1952
Barret Manual Training School[1]
WKU
Position(s)Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1957–1968
1968–1983
WKU (AC)
WKU
Head coaching record
Overall106–56–6
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
As a player
1952 Ohio Valley Conference Champions
1952 Refrigerator Bowl Champions
As a coach
1963 Ohio Valley Conference Champions
1963 Tangerine Bowl Champions
1970 Ohio Valley Conference Champions
1971 Ohio Valley Conference Champions
1973 Ohio Valley Conference Champions
1973 NCAA Division II Runners-up
1975 Ohio Valley Conference Co-Champions
1975 NCAA Division II Runners-up
1978 Ohio Valley Conference Champions
1980 Ohio Valley Conference Champions
Awards
1952 Little All-American
Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year 1973, 1978, 1980
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions

James Wyne "Jimmy" Feix is a former American football player and coach. Feix was head coach of the Western Kentucky University Hilltopper football team from 1968 to 1983 and remains the most successful head coach in the school's history.[2]

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Playing career

Jimmy Feix played Quarterback for Western Kentucky University from 1949-1952. His first start came in the third game of the 1949 season. In reference to his early success Feix said "I got to play a lot and played early. I remember that I was surrounded with a lot of good athletes." In 1952 he became the first WKU athlete to be named an All-American. He was also named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference team in 1951 and 1952 and was named to the conference's all-time team in 1988. As a senior in 1952, Feix guided the Hilltoppers to their first OVC football championship with a 9-1 record and the school's first bowl game appearance. WKU was invited to the Refrigerator Bowl in Evansville, Ind. where they beat Arkansas State 34-19. Feix Stats were very impressive that year. He led the nation's college quarterbacks with a 63.1 percent completion percentage, making good on 111 of 176 passes for 1,581 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also ranked fourth in the country in passing and sixth in total offense. During his entire playing career at WKU his teams went 24-12-2.

Drafted by the NFL's New York Giants, he unfortunately suffered an injury during a 1953 pre-season game forcing him to give up his playing career.[3]

Coaching career

Jimmy Feix, After his unfortunate injury set off for the United States Air Force. One of his many responsibilities while serving for the Air Force was to coach baseball, football and volleyball teams on the base. One day Feix was coaching a 15 year old how to pick off a base runner and at that moment he realized what he wanted to do with his life. "There I was out on that field in the sunshine, the breeze blowing and the 15-year old eating up what I was talking about," Feix said. "I went home that day at noon and told my wife, Frankie, 'we're gonna get out of this air force. I'm gonna try to find a coaching job somewhere because I think I wanna be a coach.'"[4]

Coach Jimmy Feix Commemorative Coke Bottle

Jimmy Feix, after serving four years in the Air Force returned to WKU in 1957 to become the Assistant Football Coach under Coach Nick Denes. Feix was in charge of the Offensive Backfield. "I learned a lot from Coach Denes," Feix said. "He was a great man and a great coach. The principle thing I remember always is he emphasized that the player was the most important part of the program. The student athlete was the key and not to be carried away with how great a coach you were or what kind of facilities you had." [5] In 1968 after 11 years as the Assitant Football Coach, Feix was promoted to Head Coach replacing the retiring Nick Denes. Feix continued as Head Coach until his retirement in 1983

As Head coach at WKU, Feix teams went 106-56-6, won or shared six OVC championships and were national runners-up in NCAA Division II in 1973 and 1975. He was named OVC's Coach of the year three times (1973, 1978, 1980) and he still remains the most winningest football coach in WKU history (64.88%). Coach Feix's players were also succsessful. Coach Feix produce nine AP all-Americans and 73 all-Ohio Valley Conference selections.

Coach Jimmy Feix has also been featured on a special edition 1984 Coke Bottle commemorating his historic achievement as WKU's most winningest Coach. The Bottle features a picture of Coach Feix, The words "The Winningest Coach in Western Kentucky Football History" and "Coke & Jimmy, A Winning Pair" The reverse has Coach Feix's overall record broken down by each season.

After his retirement, Coach Feix spent two years in Alumni Affairs before taking over as University's Director of Athletics from 1986 to 1991. He is a charter member of WKU's Athletic Hall of Fame and WKU's football playing field has been named after him.

Western Kentucky University's brand new Alumni Center will have a Ballroom named after Coach Feix. Coach Feix responded to this honor by saying “I have had so many wonderful memories at Western, from a football player in the University’s first Bowl game, to being named a Football All-American, to coaching 11 years as an Assistant Coach and 16 years as a Head Coach, to my years in administration,” he said. “We had some great games and made some wonderful memories—it would be impossible to choose just one as the best one.” [6]

Head coaching record

1968 through 1977 NCAA Division II. 1978 through 1983 NCAA Division 1AA.

YearConferenceTeamWinsLosesTiesStandingPlayoffNotes
1968Ohio Valley ConferenceWKU721
1969Ohio Valley ConferenceWKU631
1970Ohio Valley ConferenceWKU8111st
1971Ohio Valley ConferenceWKU8201st
1972Ohio Valley ConferenceWKU730
1973Ohio Valley ConferenceWKU12101st2nd NCAAOVC Coach of the Year
1974Ohio Valley ConferenceWKU730
1975Ohio Valley ConferenceWKU1120t-1st2nd NCAA
1976Ohio Valley ConferenceWKU451
1977Ohio Valley ConferenceWKU181
1978Ohio Valley ConferenceWKU8201stOVC Coach of the Year
1979Ohio Valley ConferenceWKU550
1980Ohio Valley ConferenceWKU9101stOVC Coach of the Year
1981Ohio Valley ConferenceWKU650
1982I-AA IndependentWKU550
1983I-AA IndependentWKU281

[7]

Personal life

Feix and his wife, Frankie, live in Bowling Green and have two children, Jimmy and Jeff.[8] Still living in Bowling Green, Coach Feix remains active at the school attending every home game he can. Having been diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease it has become increasingly hard for him to attend all the games. Coach Feix still gives speeches to the current football team as necessary. He continues to make a big impact on the current players. In 2011 senior running, at the time, Bobby Rainey and junior tight end Jack Doyle hand-delivered Feix a team birthday card on his 80th birthday.[9]

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