Jimmy Mize

Coach Jimmy Mize had one of the longest and most productive careers in Louisiana Tech sports history, first coming here as a student/athlete in 1934 and eventually retiring in 1977 after a 31 year coaching career....A native of Pemeta, Okla., but graduating from Fair Park High in Shreveport in 1934. Coach Mize lettered three years in football at Tech before graduating in 1938....he then became the first assistant coach ever for coach L.J. "Hoss" Garrett at Ruston High in 1938 and 1939....in 1940 Mize became the head football coach at Arcadia and proceeded to direct his club to the 1940 class B state championship....he then entered the Air Force in June of 1941 and went on to fly over 300 combat missions while serving primarily in the Southwest Pacific Area....upon discharge he attained a masters degree from LSU in 1946....at this time he accepted a position offer from Tech athletic director Joe Aillet to become the head coach in track and cross country and assistant coach in charge of the offensive line in football....he remained in that capacity for 24 years until relinquishing football duties in 1970....he remained as the track coach through 1977....during Mize's career at Tech he became one of the most respected track authorities in America , often being called on to serve in prestigious positions at the nation's finest track meets....Coach Mize produced three conference championships at Tech, first in 1961 in the Gulf States Conference and later in 1973 and 1974 in the Southland Conference....he had several Bulldog all-Americans and one of his finest performers. Bruce Lenior (1952-56), has preceded him into the Tech Hall of Fame. Upon retirement Mize had 39 years within the state department of education....He was honored as District 6 "Coach of the Year" in 1973 and won numerous coaching honors on the conference level.

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