Jim E. Bauer
Inducted in 2010
Jimmy E. Bauer was born in Akron Ohio and graduated from Hopewell High School, where he was a star athlete in basketball and baseball. After graduation, Jim attended Marietta College and was the last freshman to earn varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball in one year. He graduated from Marietta with a B.A. Degree in Education and in 1972 received his M.A. in Administration from Bowling Green State University. Jim’s first coaching job was in Jacksontown in south central Ohio. Jimmy coached a year each at Holmes Liberty, 1958-59 and Mt. Zion, 1962-63, and then went on to coach for twenty-two years, 1963-1976, at Wynford High School. His record at Wynford was 197-74. Jim also coached a year of baseball at Mt. Zion and Holmes-Liberty. In his coaching career, Jim never coached a losing season. His teams won four NCC Championships and six sectional championships and were district runners-up, three times. In 1964-65, 1969-70 and 1970-71, his teams had only one regular season loss. In 1971, Jim was recognized by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association and was placed in the Hall of Fame for having over 200 wins. He was president of the District Six Coaches Association from 1974-1976. He received the honor of being named Crawford County Coach of the Year several times. In 2005, he was the first member elected to the Wynford High School Hall of Fame.
Jim helped with other sports, too. He helped start the football and baseball programs at Wynford High school and was an assistant football coach from 1963-66. He was an assistant baseball coach during those same years and became Wynford’s Athletic Director from 1965-1985. Jim was the Sectional and District Tournament manager several years for the OHSAA and he also was a football official for 20 years. Coach Bauer molded the four schools, Holmes-Liberty, Mt. Zion, Lykens and Nevada together to form Wynford High School and create their basketball program. Their record the first year was 15-4. During the 1969-70 season, Coach Bauer‘s basketball team was ranked #3 in the state in both the Coach’s and AP Poll with a season record of 17-1. Coach Bauer has coached five All-Ohio basketball players and was known all over the state for his “shuffle” offense and pre-game “Figure 8”.
Jim, and wife Donna, are loyal Wynford fans and enjoy attending many Wynford games and events. They have three sons and a daughter, Jim of Crestline, Rick of Nevada, Jerry of Gig Harbor, Washington, and Tammy of Boca Raton, Florida. They have seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Jim enjoys spending time at their place on the shores of Lake Erie and is an avid fisherman. He also enjoys gardening and caring for his lawn at his home on the Old Nevada Road.
To honor their parents, the Bauer children began the Jim and Donna Bauer Athlete Scholarship Award that is given annually to a graduating senior at Wynford High School.