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Jim Cahoon

Girls’ sports wouldn’t be what they are today if not for coaches like Jim Cahoon. Cahoon was an assistant football coach at Buchtel High School in 1977 when he took on the additional job of girls’ head basketball coach. Under Cahoon, Buchtel’s girls won 239 games and lost just 52. In 12 seasons, the Griffins won ten City Series percentage championships, eight playoff championships, six District crowns and two Regional titles, becoming the first City Series girls basketball team to reach the state’s Final Four. Twice Cahoon was Summit County and Northeast Ohio Inland Region coach of the year, and was a charter member of the Tri-County Women’s Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. After a four-year stint as Buchtel’s head football coach, which included a City Series co-championship in 1979, he took over as Buchtel’s girls’ track coach. And as with basketball, Buchtel was in a class by itself. The Griffins went 59-1-1 in six years under Cahoon, won the City Series title each of those seasons and also claimed four District championships. Before leaving Buchtel for an administrative position with the Akron schools, Cahoon also started the Griffins cross county programs and softball programs.

Inducted 1996 | Coach