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HIASAA Hall of Fame nominee: Jim Koch, Sports

Jim Koch played on Highland High School’s Sweet 16 basketball team in 1953, his senior year.

He attended Greenville College and graduated in 1957. At Greenville College, he was a four-year varsity letterman in basketball.

After college, Koch accepted a job coaching in Putnam City, Okla. He was named head basketball coach in 1966, and in 1972, his team won the Class 4A state championship, finishing the season with a perfect 26-0 record.

A debilitating stroke in 1977 brought an end to his basketball coaching career. In 1991, Koch was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted in the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, and served as that organization’s secretary/treasurer for three years.

His overall record in Oklahoma included 226 wins and 94 losses, one state championship, seven regional championships, and four area titles He coached eight All-Staters, among them Alvan Adams, who went on to play for the University of Oklahoma and the Phoenix Suns.

Greenville College named a classroom “The Jim Koch Room” in its physical education building.

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