Jim Reynolds, Sr.
When you hear the word “Challenge” you must think of Coach Jim Reynolds, Sr. Jim loves challenges and has proved worthy of such over the many years of being involved in coaching.
Reynolds has been involved in athletics all his life - in his early years as an athlete and later as a coach. In fact his “claim to fame” is his ability to coach youngsters (male or female) at any level and in most any sport. He has been successful coaching cross-country, track, football, wrestling, and baseball. Jim has been blessed with that unique ability to motivate athletes to reach past their potential.
Reynolds’ coaching records are impeccable winning sixty track individual championships and having thirty runner-up trophies. He has won countless league, sectional, and district championships in track and cross-country. The two schools to benefit from Reynolds’ coaching are Mapleton High School and Avon High School, where Jim presently teaches and coaches. His girls’ cross-country team at Avon High School placed third in the state in 1988 and fourth in the state in 1989. Reynolds’ greatest accolade is when his coaching peers from around the State of Ohio selected him Ohio’s “Coach of the Year” in Cross-Country in 1988.
Jim Graduated from Ashland High School, participating in football for four years and track three. His athletic ability also led him into the boxing ring where he was three –time Golden Glove Champion in 1947-48-49. Reynolds graduated from Ashland University with a teaching degree in English and participated in football and track for two years.
On his induction into the Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame Reynolds had this to say, “It is an honor to be inducted into the Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame – but what makes it especially meaningful is that this is an honor to be shared with a closely knit Mapleton coaching staff, a multitude of dedicated athletes and the most loyal fans in the world.”
While at Mapleton High School, Coach Reynolds coached varsity football, wrestling and track.
Nominator: Portia Reynolds