Oct. 12, 2000
FULTON, Miss. -- - Jim Walden of Ames, Iowa and a native of Aberdeen will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Itawamba Community College prior to the ICC/Mississippi Delta game during Homecoming festivities, Saturday, Oct. 28, at Lambert Stadium in Fulton. The presentation is scheduled for 2:50 p.m.
Walden, who attended IJC during 1956 and 1957, played football, basketball and baseball. He was an All-American quarterback in 1957.
Walden earned the B.S. degree from the University of Wyoming and the master's degree from the University of Nebraska. He played professional football in the Canadian League for four years and then began his coaching career at Amory High School in 1964, where his team won a conference title and he was selected coach of the year.
In 1969, he became a member of the coaching staff at the University of Nebraska where the Huskers won four Big Eight Conference titles and two back-to-back national championships. After four years as an assistant coach at the University of Miami, Walden became head coach at Washington State University. During his nine years there, his teams defeated every school in the conference, upsetting PAC 10 powerhouses USC, UCLA and Washington. Walden took the Cougars to the Holiday Bowl, WSU's first bowl appearance in 50 years. He was twice selected as PAC 10 coach of the year, named UPI West coach of the year and American Football Coaches/Kodack District 1X coach of the year.
Walden took over the Iowa State program in 1987, and he took the Cyclones to the only two upper division conference finishes (fourth place) in more than 20 years, defeated every team in the Big Eight except Colorado including three nationally ranked teams, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas State.
Walden retired from coaching at the end of the 1994 season.
Walden served for eight years on the board of directors of the American Football Coaches Association, served for 10 years as director of the Coaches Clinic at National Convention of AFCA, coached in several all star games including three times at the Shrine East-West All Star game, where he had also been selected as a player, and now serves on the player selection committee. He serves on the board of directors of the Iowa Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. In 1999, he was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the All-American Football Foundation.
Walden has produced and hosted "The Jim Walden Good Sport Show" on local CBS and NBC affiliates since 1995, produced and hosted "1st and Twelve - Football Time," a highlight and preview show of Big Twelve conference action, and currently is a co-host, along with long-time voice of the Hawkeyes, Jim Zabel, on a weekly radio show, "Two Guys Named Jim." He also is heard every Saturday during football season as host of the popular call in show, "Sound Off." Both radio shows are on WHO 1040, a 50,000-watt Clear Channel station from Des Moines, Iowa. Also, Walden is in charge of business development for the Iowa Barnstormers arena football team. He serves as color commentator for the game's broadcast team.
Walden is a popular guest speaker and often serves as master of ceremonies for various functions. He is president of J-Dub, a privately held corporation, covering various business interests.
He and his wife, Janice, have three children, Lisa Walden Whitehead, Emily Walden and J. Murray Walden.
Walden will also be honored at a reception from 1-2 p.m. in the Student Services Building lobby.