James Wilson Aiken

Jim Aiken

Jim Aiken coached the Findlay High School football team to a state championship in 1925. He also coached the basketball team. He also coached at Canton McKinley from 1932-1935 establishing it as a dominate program in Ohio High School football that it is today. He had a winning record against the football icon Paul Brown, who coached nearby Massillon Washington. His success at McKinley is the reason that Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium exists today. Plans were made to build the stadium to handle the large crowds that Aiken’s teams brought in.

Aiken then moved into the college coaching ranks at Akron, Nevada, and finally the University of Oregon from 1947 – 1950 where he coached future NFL player Norm Van Brocklin and future NFL coach John McKay. Born in Wheeling, West Virginia.

(b. 1899 – d. 1961: football coach)

1925 FHS Football Team

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