Faculty Spotlights



Jim Scott received the Lifetime Service Award from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame 2017. His accomplishments include:

  • Central Michigan University varsity football player (1962-64)
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (Central Michigan University, 1966)
  • Central Michigan University Graduate Teaching Assistant (1966-67)
  • Master of Arts Degree: Central Michigan University 1967 Physical Education
  • Grand Rapids Northview High School assistant football and track coach (1967-69)
  • Northview High School science and physical education Instructor (1967-69)
  • Grand Valley State University Associate Professor, Movement Science, Honors College Faculty (1969-present)
  • Pew Teaching Excellence Nominee, Department of Physical Education (2001)
  • 35 year Service Award, Grand Valley State University (2004)
  • Honors College Faculty Fellow, Grand Valley State University (2002-present)

Dr. Jim Scott: GVSU coaching career

  • Grand Valley State University head wrestling coach (1968-91)
  • 141-9 record at GVSU
  • Seven-time Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics wrestling Coach of the Year (1977)
  • Coached 55 All-American wrestlers and eight national champions in NAIA and NCAA Division II
  • Three Division I NCAA All-Americans (Michael Abrams-167 pounds, Roger Singleton-118, Ron Essink - heavyweight)
  • Seven-time GLIAC Team Champion
  • Grand Valley State University Athletic Hall of Fame inductee (1996)
  • Michigan Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee (1992)
  • Director of Olympic Trials, USA Wrestling at GVSU (June 1984)
  • Consultant (academic/volunteer) for NCAA, MHSAA, National Wrestling Coaches Association and USA Wrestling
  • Allen W. Bush Service Award Michigan High School Athletic Association (2006)

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Dr. Jim Scott: international wrestling endeavors

  • Interim Executive Director of USA Wrestling (1985)
  • International Wrestling Team Cultural Exchanges: Served as the organizer and director of events for World Cup Teams from Japan, Korea, Mongolia brought to Grand Valley State University for training and competition (1979-86)
  • Team Leader of USA Wrestling World Team Russia, Georgia, and Uzbekistan (1996)
  • Coach of Collegiate All-Star team to Japan & Korea (1977)

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