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April 23, 2013 > Coaching icon remembered

Coaching icon remembered

By Kenny Jacoby
Photos By Mike Heightchew

On April 21, legendary Washington High School football coach Jim Ingram was remembered by those he coached, mentored, and inspired. His memorial service was held in the main gymnasium at Washington, where he coached football for forty years.

Ingram died of heart failure on March 5, 2013, at the age of 80. He first moved to Fremont in 1960, where he taught and coached football at Washington. He was the head football coach from 1960 to 1975, and again from 1979 until his retirement in 2002. He amassed 11 Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) Championships, with an overall record of 230-151-16 and an MVAL record of 134-84-16.

Ingram was a true leader he embraced his position. He not only coached the Varsity team, but the entire program and was committed to fostering success in his student athletes on the field, in the classroom, and in life. Dozens of Ingram's former players were in attendance at the memorial.

Ingram's brother Bob, son Michael, and grandson Aaron, all gave remembrances at the memorial. Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison - Washington High School Class of 1988 - led the ceremony.

The celebration concluded with the dedication of a bust of "Coach I" at Tak Fudenna Stadium. Donations can be made to complete Coach I's statue through Washington High School Alumni Foundation, c/o Bill Harrison, 37272 Maple Street, Fremont, CA 94536.

Coach Ingram had a true passion for the game and life in general, and touched countless lives along the way.

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