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Jim Walden
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College Iowa State University
Sport College football
Career highlights
Overall 72-109-7
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Playing career

University of Wyoming
BC Lions
Edmonton Eskimos
Calgary Stampeders
Position Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Iowa State
Washington State

Jim Walden (born ca. 1938 in Aberdeen, Mississippi) is a former college football head coach. In 17 seasons his overall record was 72-109-7 (.402). Walden coached for nine seasons at Washington State, and for eight seasons at Iowa State.[1]


Playing career

Walden played quarterback at the University of Wyoming in the late 1950s, and was one of 33 players selected by the Denver Broncos in the first AFL Draft in 1960.

Coaching History


Washington State University

Walden was the head coach at Washington State in 86, where he compiled a 44-52-4 record (.460). In his fourth season, he coached the 1981 Cougars to the Holiday Bowl, the school's first bowl appearance in 51 years [2], and was selected as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. In 1985, his WSU team won their third Apple Cup in four seasons, accomplished only two other times (in 1954 and 2007). (WSU has never won three consecutive Apple Cups.)[1]

Prior to the 1985 Apple Cup, in which the Washington Huskies were favored, Husky coach Don James jovially contrasted himself to Walden by quipping, "I'm a 2,000 word underdog."

Iowa State University

Following a 3-7-1 season in 1986 season, Walden left WSU to become the 28th head coach for the Iowa State, where he compiled a 28-57-3 (.335) record from 94. His best record with the Cyclones was 6-5 in 1989, and his final team in 1994 went a winless 0-10-1. This ranks him sixth at Iowa state in total wins and 22nd at Iowa state in winning percentage.[2]

Post-coaching career

Since retiring from Iowa State, Walden served as a radio color commentator, first for the Iowa Barnstormers of Arena Football and later for Washington State football. He still hosts a Sunday evening radio show in Iowa on WHO called "Two Guys Named Jim"[3]. In the final regular season Harris Interactive Poll in 2006, he was the only voter to have Florida at #1; the other 112 #1 votes went to Ohio State. In the BCS National Championship Game on January 8, 2007, Florida handily defeated Ohio State 41-14.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Washington State Cougars (Pacific Ten Conference) (1978–1986)
1978 Washington State 4-6-1 2-6 10
1979 Washington State 5-6 2-6 9
1980 Washington State 4-7 3-4 7-T
1981 Washington State 8-3-1 5-2-1 4-T L 36-38 Holiday Bowl
1982 Washington State 3-7-1 2-4-1 8
1983 Washington State 7-4 5-3 3
1984 Washington State 6-5 4-3 5
1985 Washington State 4-7 3-5 7-T
1986 Washington State 3-7-1 2-6-1 8
Washington State: 44-52-4 28-39-3
Iowa State Cyclones (Big Eight Conference) (1987–1994)
1987 Iowa State 3-8 2-5 6
1988 Iowa State 5-6 3-4 5
1989 Iowa State 6-5 4-3 4
1990 Iowa State 4-6-1 2-4-1 4-T
1991 Iowa State 3-7-1 1-5-1 6
1992 Iowa State 4-7 2-5 6-T
1993 Iowa State 3-8 2-5 6-T
1994 Iowa State 0-10-1 0-6-1 7-T
Iowa State: 28-57-3 16-37-3
Total: 72-109-7
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


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