Hubert James "Jim" Bollhauve

Jim Bollhauve was born on August 18, 1929, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He attended Catholic grade school and graduated from Winamac High School, where he lettered in basketball. Mr. Bollhauve served four years in the U.S. Navy and earned his undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from Ball State Teacher's College in Muncie, Indiana on the GI Bill. On June 13, 1953, he married Lois Annette Weldy in Winamac, Indiana. They had two daughters, Jane, a 1973 CHS graduate, and Sara "Sally", a 1978 CHS graduate. He has one granddaughter, Aimee, and two great-grandchildren, Easton James (named after his great grandpa) and Paisley.

The Bollhauve's moved to Florence in the summer of 1960, where Mr. Bollhauve taught typing and general business. Over five years, he coached basketball, football, baseball, and track. In the summer of 1965, the family moved to Coolidge and he began teaching at CHS. He coached the freshman football team, and in 1966, he became the JV football coach. In 1967-68, he was moved to the Assistant Varsity Coach, under Coach Alva Hawkins; they won the State Football Championship both years. During this time, he also coached varsity basketball and won the State Basketball Championship in 1970.

In 1976, Mr. Bollhauve became the Head Varsity Football Coach at CHS, losing by only one point in the State Playoffs. In 1977, he again took his team to the State Playoffs...and won! At one time, Coach Bollhauve was the only coach in Arizona to have won a State Championship as a Head Coach in BOTH football and basketball. He was also a nominee for High School Coach of the Year. He devoted many hours with his players both on and off the field, in addition to classroom time and counseling.

In his "free" time, Coach Bollhauve was a HUGE Notre Dame and ASU football fan. If sports were on, he was watching. He was an active member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, as well as various other organizations, such as the Coolidge Kiwanis, Rotary, and Lions Clubs. If he wasn't coaching, he still found a way to be active in sports, whether it be officiating, running the chains, keeping the books, or running the clocks at home sporting events.

In November 1980, Mr. Bollhauve passed away very unexpectedly at the age of 51. He was still actively involved with clubs and activities in Coolidge and was still employed by CHS as their Head Guidance Counselor.

Mr. Bollhauve expected his students, players, and children to always strive for their very best, and settled for nothing less. He loved and supported not only his family and friends, but his students, peers, and players. He was proud and happy to serve the community of Coolidge, especially Coolidge High School. As he watches down on all of us, we know he is extremely grateful, humble, and honored to be considered for this special award. GO BEARS!!

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