Jim Weaver (sportsperson)

James H. Weaver (1903 – July 11, 1970) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Wake Forest University from 1933 to 1936, compiling a record of 10–23–1. Weaver was athletic director at Wake Forest from 1937 to 1954. As athletic director at Wake Forest, one of his most notable actions was the development of the golf program, including the recruitment and award of a scholarship to Arnold Palmer. On May 7, 1954, he was named commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). He held the post until his death in 1970.

Jim Weaver
Biographical details
DiedJuly 11, 1970 (aged 67)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Playing career
c. 1919Emory & Henry
c. 1923Centenary
c. 1920Emory & Henry
c. 1920Emory & Henry
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
c. 1925Centenary (freshmen)
1928–1932Oak Ridge Military Academy (NC)
1933–1936Wake Forest
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1937–1954Wake Forest
1954–1970ACC (commissioner)
Head coaching record
Overall10–23–1 (college)

Early life and playing careerEdit

Weaver was a native of Rutherfordton, North Carolina. In 1919 he matriculated at Emory and Henry College, where he played football, basketball, and baseball. His father, Charles C. Weaver, was president of the college. The younger Weaver subsequently attended Trinity College in Durham, North Carolina – now Duke University – before moving on to Centenary College of Louisiana, where he played football.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

After graduating from Centenary, Weaver played professional football and coached the freshmen football team as his alma mater. He returned to North Carolina to become the football coach at Oak Ridge Military Academy in 1928, serving in that capacity for five years.[1]


Weaver died at the age of 67 in Colorado Springs, Colorado on July 11, 1970.[2]


The James Weaver Award, awarded from 1970 to 1994, for the ACC Student-Athlete of the Year (showing exceptional achievement on the playing field and in the classroom), was named after Weaver . In 1994, it merged with other awards, eventually forming the Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Awards. Weaver was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1971, following his death. He was also among the inaugural class inducted into the Wake Forest athletics hall of fame.

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Big Five Conference) (1933–1935)
1933 Wake Forest 0–5–1
1934 Wake Forest 3–7
1935 Wake Forest 2–7
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Southern Conference) (1933–1935)
1936 Wake Forest 5–4 2–3 10th
Wake Forest: 10–23–1
Total: 10–23–1


  1. ^ a b "ACC Commissioner Jim Weaver Dies". The Gastonia Gazette. Gastonia, North Carolina. Associated Press. July 12, 1970. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  2. ^ "Athletic Official Taken by Death". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. July 11, 1970. Retrieved December 26, 2013.