Jim Hamric [Football '18]

Jim Hamric is a native of Spencer, West Virginia. After graduating from Spencer High School in 1965, he went on to play football and basketball at Connors State from 1965-67, before graduating from Northeastern State College with a degree in teaching and coaching in 1969. 

That fall, Hamric started a 29 year coaching career serving as Head Football Coach all 29 years. In addition he served in various other capacities over the years including Head Wrestling Coach, Head Track Coach, Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Basketball Coach, all within Roane County. His hometown Spencer Yellow Jackets reached the playoffs 3 different times. His 1990 team was 12-0 before being defeated in the state championship game. The following year, the team was the 1st high school football team in WV to win 14 games and was crowned AA Champions. Hamric was selected by the WV Sportswriters as High Coach of the Year for all sports.

Hamric later became a full-time administrator as Assistant Principal / Athletic Director at Parkersburg High School, the largest school in the state, where he directed 23 sports in addition to other activities. He retired in 2006 after a 37 year career in education.

Hamric has also been active in the West Virginia Coaches Association and the West Virginia Athletic Directors Association, serving as President of the Coaches Association for 5 years. After serving on the board of the Mountain State Athletic Conference for 10 years, he took over as Commissioner in 2017 of the organization that has the 12 largest team in the state.

Jim has been married to wife Margie, also a former Connors student, for 51 years. Together the couple have 3 grown children, Amy, Lori and Jay, and 7 grandchildren.