Mr. Jimmy Feix
(Inducted in 2003)
A Henderson native, James Wyne Feix has been a fixture at Western since arriving on the Hill in 1949. He has been an athlete, administrator, alumni director and ambassador for the University.
As a quarterback, he became the first Hilltopper ever honored as an All-American in football in 1952. He was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference team in 1951 and 1952 and was named to the conference's all-time team in 1988.
As a senior in 1952, Feix guided the Toppers to the school's first OVC football championship with a 9-1 record and the school's first bowl game appearance. Western defeated Arkansas State 34-19 to win the Refrigerator Bowl in Evansville, Ind.
That season Feix led the nation's college quarterbacks with a 63.1 percent completion percentage, making good on 111 of 176 passes for 1,581 yar
ds and 15 touchdowns. He ranked fourth in the country in passing and sixth in total offense. He was drafted by the NFL's New York Giants, but an injury in the 1953 preseason forced him to give up football and led to a four-year stint in the Air Force.
Feix returned to the Hill as an assistant football coach in 1957 and remained in that capacity until 1968 when he took over the head coaching duties from the retiring Nick Denes. In 16 years as head coach, his teams went 106-56-6, won or shared six OVC championships and were national runners-up in NCAA Division II in 1973 and 1975.
Feix, who was named OVC coach of the year in 1973, 1978 and 1980, remains the winningest football coach in WKU history.
He retired from coaching after the 1983 season and spent two years in Alumni Affairs before taking over as University's Director of Athletics from 1986 to 1991. Feix is a charter member of the WKU Athletic Hall of Fame and the field at L.T. Smith Stadium was named in his honor in 1991.
Feix and his wife, Frankie, live in Bowling Green and have two children, Jimmy and Jeff.