Don "The Dawgfather" James
- Position: Coach
- School: Kent State, Washington
- Years: 1971-1992
- Inducted: 1997
- Place of Birth: Massillion, OH
- Date of Birth: Dec 31, 1932
- Date of Death: Oct 20, 2013
Member BiographyDon James lettered in four sports--football, basketball,
baseball, and track--in high school at Massillon, Ohio.
He was the starting quarterback for Miami (Florida) in
1952-53 and graduated with honors. James served in the
Army 1954-56, then had a career as assistant football coach
at Kansas 1956-57, Florida State 1959-65, Michigan 1966-67,
and Colorado 1968-70. For one year, 1958, he was head coach
at Southwest High School in Miami, Florida.
James was head coach at Kent State 1971-74 with a 25-19-1
record. His 1972 team won the Mid-American Conference
championship. He moved to Washington and was head coach 18
years 1975-92 with a 153-57-2 record. For his career the
figures were 178-76-3, a percentage of .698.
James was named Coach of the Year by the American Football
Coaches Association in 1977 and the Football Writers Association
in 1991. Washington was in a bowl game for 14 of his last 16
seasons. His bowl record in that time was 10-4. His teams
finished first six times and second four times in the Pac-10.
He set a conference record for most games won. His coaching
philosophy emphasized defense, teamed with a disciplined offense.