coached New Lexington (OH) High School football to a 144-27-8 record
from 1959 to 1976. He coached the 1970 and 1976 squads to the Ohio
Class AA State title. Coach Rockwell also coached unbeaten teams in
1961, 1964, and 1974. He coached 10 Muskingum Valley League
championship teams, including 8 straight from 1969 to 1976. Coach
Rockwell was named Ohio's Class AA Coach of the Year in 1970 and named
Southeastern Ohio Coach of the Year 6 times and MVL Coach of the Year 8
times. He also coached the South squad in Ohio's High School
North-South Hall of Fame game in Canton, OH in 1971. Jim was also New
Lexington's Track Coach from 1959 to 1973 and guided his teams to 12
consecutive MVL titles. Jim also served as the school's Athletic
Director from 1965 to 1976 and was inducted into the Ohio High School
Athletic Directors Hall of Fame in 1984.
Also in 1984,
the school's football stadium was named after him.
In 1942, he
graduated from Washington High School, where he contributed on the
football, basketball, and track teams. He played in the Big-33 all-star
game as an offensive guard. After serving our country in the US Marine
Corps during WWII, Jim returned and enrolled at Marshall College in
1947, contributing for the Thundering Herd at offensive and defensive
end and winning the Mid-American Conference in 1948.
performed coaching duties at Ironton (OH) High School (1951-1955) and
Wellston (OH) High School (1955-1959). Jim was named the SEOAL Coach of
the Year in 1957, guiding Wellston to the 1957 SEOAL Championship.