Jim Rockwell 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. 

 Jim also 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.




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