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Jimmy Aiken

There was never a dull moment for this Hall of Famer who's coaching career spanned 29 years including five years at Canton McKinley (1932-36) and three years at Akron U (1936-39). At McKinley his 1933 gridders only lost one game and in 1934 they were undefeated in 11 contests. At Akron U he brought in such players as Frank Zazula, Stan Junius and Dominic Patella - all Hall of Famers. However, it was Aiken's recruiting that got him in trouble and the Zips were expelled from the Ohio Conference. Undaunted, Aiken went out and scheduled such teams as Toledo, Davis & Elkins, Xavier, Carnegie Tech and Illinois Wesleyan. During his three-year tenure his teams compiled a 19-7-1 mark. He went on to coach at the Universities of Nevada and Oregon. Aiken, who was on Washington and Jefferson's 1921 football team that tied California, 0-0, in the Rose Bowl, died in 1961.

Inducted 1964 | Football, Coach