Jim Dennison

Honors are nothing new for James L. Dennison. He has been honored by peers in the coaching ranks and by administrators in the athletic world. He has been inducted into seven Halls of Fame and one Ring of Honor. Now, after retiring from Walsh University last November, Dennison enters his eighth Hall, or Wall of Fame, with his induction to the elite group in North Canton. Dennison walked the sidelines for 18 years at Walsh after he started the football program in 1995, and spent 20 years in North Canton. The Wadsworth native was the only head coach in the history of the football program that began in 1995. He guided the Cavs to 14 winning seasons, including a 7-3 record in the first year, and 119 wins against only 77 losses.  Walsh finished with a winning record in its first 12 years. Dennison’s teams won at least eight games in a single season seven times, won nine games in 2006, and made their only NAIA playoff appearance after recording a 9-3 record. Walsh won its only Mid-States Football Association championship in 2001. Overall, Dennison finished with an overall record of 208-139-2 in 31 years as a head coach. He also spent 13 years at the University of Akron as head coach (1973-85), where he is still the all-time winningest coach (80-62-2). Dennison was named Director of Athletics at Walsh in June of 1993. The university announced on February 11, 1994, that it would institute football as a varsity sport in the fall of 1995 and named Dennison as head coach. Dennison stepped down from his role as athletic director in 2007 to devote all of his time to football.  Dennison retired from his post as Director of Athletics at the University of Akron in June of 1993. He served 28 years at Akron, including 13 years as the head football coach and seven as director of athletics. During his tenure as the Zips’ head coach, he produced three of the six best records in Akron football history: 10-3 in 1976, 8-3 in 1983 and 8-4 in 1985. In 2002 and 2005, he was named NAIA Northeast Region Sports Turf NACDA Athletic Director of the Year and was named NAIA Region IX Athletic Director of the Year in 2004 and 2005. In 2003 he became a charter member of the University of Akron’s Ring of Honor. In 2007 he received the University of Akron Alumni Honor Award. A passionate believer in positive mental attitude (PMA), Dennison is called upon to deliver his message about motivation and goal setting. Jim and his wife Sue are parents of a daughter, Mrs. Denise Morrow, three sons, Jim, Greg, and Matt, and have ten grandchildren. The Dennison’s reside in Norton.