James Winfred Spruill
February 26, 1923
January 8, 2006
Boulder City, NV
1938-39 Dublin High School - Texas (High School)
1939-40 Dublin High School - Texas (High School)
1940-41 Dublin High School - Texas (High School)
1941-42 Rice University (College) freshmen
1942-43 Rice University (College)
1946-47 Rice University (College)
1947-48 Rice University (College)
1948-49 Indianapolis Jets (BAA)
Born in Dublin, Jim went to Rice where he starred in football and also played basketball. He also spent World War 2 in the U.S. Army serving his country. He played briefly with the Indianapolis Jets in the BAA, but also went on to play two seasons of pro football with the Baltimore Colts in the AAFC as well. In 1951, he began a long career as a football coach and teacher, primarily at the high school level except for a short stint at Sam Houston State. It was at Lompoc High School where he was a notable local hero. He was a well-respected coach and educator until his 1981 retirement. He came out of retirement to briefly coach Boulder City HS to the Nevada state title in 1987.
He married Sylvia Taub (d. 1979) and the had four children. He later remarried to Alma.
Pro Football Stats:
Obituary, Lompoc Record