As the Twentieth Century came to a close, the Marion Chronicle-Tribune selected Jim Law as the Grant County Football Coach of the Century in 2000. That's one hundred years, scores of coaches, thousands of players, and so many games on the secondary and collegiate level in Grant County that it all becomes a blur except for one standout, Coach Law. Jim was selected for induction into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame five years later on October 15, 2005. Jim's influence and contributions have not been limited to the football field, for he has made a mark in Converse and the Oak Hill community.
Jim Law came to Oak Hill High School in the fall of 1960 as a biology and general science teacher, serving as an assistant football, one year as the seventh grade basketball coach, two years as the freshman basketball coach, and three years as varsity assistant in track.
In 1963 he became the head football coach and had a very successful coaching run of 19 years. His teams achieved 127 wins, 54 losses, and two ties for a 69.3 percent winning record. One of the truly outstanding eras in Oak Hill football history was the 1969-1970 seasons. During this two year period the teams went undefeated, allowing only thirteen points in 1969 and seven points in 1970. The undefeated record ended at twenty games during the 1971 season. Coach Law's teams won six conference championships. The 1976 team advanced to the semi-final game of the state tournament.
Individual honors while at Oak Hill include being selected as an assistant to coach in the first Indiana High School All-Star Game that allowed high school coaches to be involved. He was honored on the cover of the Indiana Grid coach magazine in June 1990. he served on the Indiana football coaches Association committee that set up the first football play-offs in Indiana.
During Jim's coaching career at Oak Hill, he along with Dave Huffman, started Oak Hill's Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter in 1968. At one time Oak Hill had the fourth largest chapter in the nation with over three hundred national paid members. He along with Lindon Boggs, started the first FCA choir. This organization has impacted the spiritual lives of many Oak Hill athletes.
Jim resigned from Oak Hill in the spring of 1983 to accept the head football position at Taylor University. His accomplishments at TU included an eight year recorded of 41-34-2. He had the best five consecutive year record in Taylor's football history of 31-17-1. Three times he was selected the NAIA District Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Taylor University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. One of his greatest honors was being named "Grant County Coach of the Century" also occurring in 2000.
Retiring after 16 years at Taylor, Jim has continued to make a difference in Converse. He was instrumental in organizing the Converse Economic Development group as a corporation and served as its President through 1996. In 2002 Jim co-chaired a major fund raising project for Nolan King, a one-year old heart transplant patient, to help offset medical expenses. During that campaign involving various events, $200,000 was raised with the help of God and many volunteers. Jim currently serves on the Quad County Medical Center board which is a partner with Marion General Hospital for the Drook Medical Center in Converse. He is also a board member of the Converse Redevelopment Commission which oversees the Converse TIF (commercial) District.
Jim is very involved in his church serving as an elder, deacon, and Sunday school teacher. He acknowledges that his personal relationship with Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior is the most important thing in his life. Family has always been important to him and his wife Sybil has been a key player for almost 50 years. They have three sons. Bart and his wife Becky have two children, Carrie and James. Brad and Julie have two sons, Jacob and Jeff. Todd and Valerie have two children, Michael and Brooke. Jim and Sybil enjoy spending as much time as possible with their grandkids, watching them participate in sports, theater, and various activities.
Coach Jim Law, a standout Grant County Coach of the Century, member of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, and one who has made a difference in the Converse community.
Indiana Football Hall of Fame
Induction Banquet for Jim Law, Taylor University
Sybil Law, family file photo
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