Wayne State College

Jim Whitney

Inducted: 2002

Jim Whitney was a three-sport standout for the Wildcats from 1953-57. He was a four-year letter winner in both basketball and football and a two-year letter winner in track and field. Whitney left his mark on the basketball court at WSC, where he was the career record holder in points with 1,095 when he graduated in 1957. Whitney was named Freshman of the Year for the Nebraska College Conference. He was captain of the 1956-57 team that made the school's first appearance at the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City. He was selected First Team All-Nebraska College Conference that same season. Whitney earned honorable mention All-Conference accolades on the gridiron during his senior season. He was a part of three winning seasons on the football team as well under Head Coach Barney Lewellyn. Whitney was a 1953 graduate of Hartington High School and a 1957 graduate of WSC, majoring in physical education. After graduation, he coached for six years at St. Edmund High School in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He also worked for 28 years for the University of Colorado in Boulder as the Assistant Director of Student Housing and Maintenance Department Director and is now retired. Whitney was inducted into the WSC Athletics Hall of Fame October 5, 2002.