Jim LaRue

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Jim LaRue
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Biographical details
Born(1925-08-11)August 11, 1925
Clinton, Oklahoma
DiedMarch 29, 2015(2015-03-29) (aged 89)
Tucson, Arizona
Playing career
1942 Carson–Newman
1943–1944 Duke
1947–1949 Maryland
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1950 Maryland (freshmen)
1951 Kansas State (backfield)
1954 Kansas State (backfield)
1955–1956 Houston (backfield)
1959–1966 Arizona
1968–1973 Utah (DC)
1974–1975 Wake Forest (assistant)
1976 Buffalo Bills (WR)
1978–1989 Chicago Bears (DB)
Head coaching record
Overall41–37–2
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 WAC (1964)

Jim Elmer LaRue (August 11, 1925 – March 29, 2015) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Arizona from 1959 to 1966, compiling a record of 41–37–2. LaRue played six seasons of varsity football at three different schools: Carson–Newman College (1942), Duke University (1943–1944), and the University of Maryland, College Park (1947–1949). [1] He served as an assistant coach at the University of Houston, Wake Forest University, and with the Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). LaRue died on March 29, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona, aged 89, from undisclosed causes. [2]

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Head coaching record

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsAP#
Arizona Wildcats (Border Conference)(1959–1961)
1959 Arizona 4–62–12nd
1960 Arizona 7–33–02nd
1961 Arizona 8–1–117
Arizona Wildcats (Western Athletic Conference)(1962–1966)
1962 Arizona 5–52–2T–2nd
1963 Arizona 5–52–2T–3rd
1964 Arizona 6–3–13–1T–1st
1965 Arizona 3–71–46th
1966 Arizona 3–71–45th
Arizona:41–37–214–13
Total:41–37–2
      National championship        Conference title        Conference division title or championship game berth

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The 1959 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Border Conference during the 1959 NCAA University Division football season. In their first season under head coach Jim LaRue, the Wildcats compiled a 4–6 record and were outscored by their opponents, 211 to 118. The team captains were Gary Cropper and Jim Geist. The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

The 1960 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Border Conference during the 1960 NCAA University Division football season. In their second season under head coach Jim LaRue, the Wildcats compiled a 7–3 record and outscored their opponents, 233 to 152. The team captain was Tony Matz. The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

The 1961 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona as an independent during the 1961 NCAA University Division football season. In their third season under head coach Jim LaRue, the Wildcats compiled an 8–1–1 record, were ranked No. 17 in the final AP Poll, and outscored their opponents, 288 to 131. The team captains were Bob Garis and Eddie Wilson. The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

The 1962 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) during the 1962 NCAA University Division football season. In their fourth season under head coach Jim LaRue, the Wildcats compiled a 5–5 record, finished in a tie for third place in the WAC, and were outscored by their opponents, 171 to 134. The team captains were Ken Cook and Howard Breinig. The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

The 1964 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) during the 1964 NCAA University Division football season. In their sixth season under head coach Jim LaRue, the Wildcats compiled a 6–3–1 record, finished in a three-way for the WAC championship, and outscored their opponents 147 to 76. Home games were played on campus at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, and the team captains were John Briscoe and Larry Fairholm.

The 1965 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) during the 1965 NCAA University Division football season. In their seventh season under head coach Jim LaRue, the Wildcats compiled a 3–7 record, and were outscored 172 to 77. Home games were played on campus at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, and the team captains were linebacker Tom Malloy, safety Woody King, and tackle Jim Pazerski,

The 1966 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) during the 1966 NCAA University Division football season. In their eighth and final season under head coach Jim LaRue, the Wildcats compiled a 3–7 record, finished in fifth place in the WAC, and were outscored by their opponents, 250 to 192. The team captains were Woody King and Roger Calderwood. The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

References

  1. Sheehan, Joseph M. (October 7, 1959). "Key Games Are Early" (PDF). New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  2. "Ex-Arizona coach Jim LaRue dies". ESPN. Retrieved March 30, 2015.