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No ordinary Jim

Friday, October 22, 2010

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Class of 1956 Brazil High School graduate Jim Plummer is preparing to be inducted into the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame Oct. 30, at the Kokomo Event Center. Jason Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
* Brazil resident about to be inducted into third hall of fame

A former three-sport athlete at Brazil High School is being inducted into a third hall of fame.

Class of 1956 graduate Jim Plummer told The Brazil Times he will be inducted into the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame Saturday, Oct. 30, in a ceremony which will begin at 5 p.m., at the Kokomo Event Center.

Plummer was a head football coach for 37 years, 35 of which came at Western High School in Howard County. At Western, he compiled a 220-135 record, which included winning 15 conference championships and a sectional championship in 1984.

"We also had undefeated seasons in 1984, 1985, 1988 and 1989," Plummer said.

Plummer began his coaching career in 1961 as the coach of the freshman team at Center Grove High School. He stayed there for two years before moving on to Decatur Central High School to be an assistant football coach for five years.

In 1968, his first head coaching stint came at Hamilton Heights High School, where he was also the head coach of the school's wrestling team. Including his time at Hamilton, Plummer finished his coaching career with a 235-141 record, and 17 total conference championships.

In addition, Plummer told The Brazil Times he was an official for wrestling matches for more than 25 years while at Western, which earned him an induction into the Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2000.

The Indiana Football Hall of Fame came calling two years after he retired from coaching, inducting Plummer in its 2007 class.

Plummer added the path all began at Brazil High School, where he lettered twice in football and track and once in basketball.

After graduating in 1956, he continued his athletic pursuits at Franklin College, where he lettered in football three times, and added two more letters in track before graduating in 1961.

"In high school, I played quarterback and safety, while I was a cornerback in college," Plummer, who lives in Brazil five months out of the year, and spends the other seven in Spring Hill, Fla., said. "On the track, I was a half-miler and my best time was 2 minutes, 4 seconds."

Now, with Plummer preparing for his third hall of fame induction, he is reflecting back on all who were by his side along the way.

"It's very flattering to be inducted into any hall of fame," Plummer said. "It really is a tribute to the entire program because we had so many great assistant coaches and good players."

Currently, Plummer ranks 22nd on the Indiana Football Coaches Association list of all-time coaching victories.


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Congrats to you Coach!!!

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Oct 23, 2010, at 12:51 AM

Wow, what a great thing to happen to someone who sounds like a great person. Imagine that, four undefeated seasons in a six year time period--one undefeated season would be a great record, much less four of them. It's nice to see that somebody who positively impacted so many young lives is being appreciated for his work.

-- Posted by snow on Sat, Oct 23, 2010, at 12:56 AM

Congratulations to you, Coach Plummer. While I can admire the fact that you are receiving recognition for what you accomplished while coaching teams or serving sports, I'd like to thank you for the obvious positive influence you touched so many young lives with both on and off the field.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sat, Oct 23, 2010, at 11:09 AM

These are the types of stories that keep you reading the paper. Congrats to you coach!

-- Posted by Oldtown on Sun, Oct 24, 2010, at 2:30 PM


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