|Born||February 25, 1945|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||July 6, 2012 (aged 67)|
Tamarac, Florida, U.S.
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1966–1971||Allegan HS (MI)|
|1972–1973||Eastern Michigan (LB/RC)|
|1977–1981||North Carolina A&T|
|1982–1983||Prairie View A&M|
|1984||Oklahoma Outlaws (DL)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|1978–1980||North Carolina A&T (interim AD)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|MEAC Coach of the Year (1980)|
James Ruffin McKinley (February 25, 1945 – July 6, 2012) was an American football player, coach, and businessman. He coached football teams at several historically black colleges and universities, was a defensive coach for the Oklahoma Outlaws of the United States Football League (USFL), and served as executive director of the Heritage Bowl, which he helped create.
North Carolina A&T
Prairie View A&M
McKinley was the 14th head football coach at Prairie View A&M University, serving two season, from 1982 to 1983, and compiling a record of 1–21.
Other coaching positions
McKinley started McKinley Financial Services, Inc., in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The company has become one of the largest minority insurance agencies in the United States with over 50 agents and staff. He was awarded the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award from Western Michigan University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1966.
In 1991, McKinley formulated the idea of the Heritage Bowl, an annual college football bowl game matching up two Division I-AA teams left out of the division's playoff system. McKinley served as the bowl's executive director in its first years. Despite massive financial losses, poor attendance, protests from neighborhood residents, and a lack of television coverage in its first year, the bowl continued to be played every year until 1999, when the game was discontinued.
Head coaching record
|Central State Marauders (NCAA Division II independent) (1974–1976)|
|1976||Central State||6–5||L Orange Blossom Classic|
|North Carolina A&T Aggies (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (1977–1981)|
|1977||North Carolina A&T||7–4||5–1||2nd|
|1978||North Carolina A&T||6–6||4–2||2nd||Gold Bowl|
|1979||North Carolina A&T||4–6–1||2–2–1||3rd|
|1980||North Carolina A&T||9–3||3–2||2nd||Gold Bowl|
|1981||North Carolina A&T||3–8||0–5||6th|
|North Carolina A&T:||29–27–1||14–12–1|
|Prairie View A&M Panthers (Southwest Athletic Conference) (1982–1983)|
|1982||Prairie View A&M||1–10||0–6||7th|
|1983||Prairie View A&M||0–11||0–6||T–7th|
|Prairie View A&M:||1–21||0–12|
- Ariel Barkhurst (July 10, 2012). "James McKinley, prominent Fort Lauderdale businessman, dies at 68 - Sun Sentinel". Articles.sun-sentinel.com. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
- WMU News "Three honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards" October 17, 2007
- Western Michigan University Broncos Archived September 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Athletic Hall of Fame
- "James "Jim" McKinley Records by Year". Archived from the original on February 15, 2010. Retrieved September 21, 2008.
- The Associated Press. "Outlaws name two assistant coaches to staff", The Daily Oklahoman. January 8, 1984. Sports Page 3.
- Western Michigan University "2007 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient" Jim McKinley
- Walker, Richard. "A&T Aggies are bowl bound", The Charlotte Observer. December 21, 1991. Sports Page 4.
- Wyche, Steve and Pugh, Tony. "Heritage Bowl fumbles its economic potential", The Miami Herald. December 27, 1991. Page BR1.
- Woolfe, Tao. "Heritage Bowl organizers unfazed by residents' protest", South Florida Sun-Sentinel. April 5, 1991. Page B4.
- Wyche, Steve. "'91 Heritage Bowl won't be televised; Conflict with NCAA cited", The Miami Herald. June 27, 1991. Page D8.