With his induction today, Coach White becomes the 2nd member of the hall of fame, along with Mr. Chuck Gottfried, to enter the hall of fame solely based on his coaching achievements.  Jim was a track coach for 10 years during his time as a teacher in Johnson City, but it is his time spent with Johnson City’s female swimmers for which he is best remembered.  He coached the girls’ varsity swim team for 22 years, from 1983-2005.  His teams won a total of 168 meets during his career.  They captured 11 STAC championships, 6 section IV championships, and 1 state championship in 1998.  In addition to his coaching responsibilities with the girls’ varsity team, Jim coached USS swimming for 15 years and he served as the STAC girls’ swim coordinator for 6 years.  He also founded and co-directed the Johnson City Village swim program.  Jim worked with hundreds of swimmers throughout his career, and his girls always knew that they could count on Coach White to push them harder than they’d ever been pushed before.  He was known for his high expectations and for the care and concern he showed to his swimmers.  Jim inherited a weak team back in the early 80’s, but he built the Johnson City Girls’ Swim Team into the premier program in Section 4.  Jim taught in Johnson City for over 30 years as an elementary teacher, and he continues to occasionally return to the classroom as a substitute at Johnson City Middle School and High School.  For all that he has given to the students and swimmers of Johnson City, the JC Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to welcome its 2nd coach, Mr. Jim White.


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