Wenatchee High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Jim Sampson
CLASS of 1961 Football, Basketball and Baseball ATHLETE
According to Panther football coach Tom Byrne, "Jim wasn't necessarily the most naturally gifted athlete - he just worked harder than the next guy to make himself the best." He started his WHS grid career as a skinny 120-lb. sophomore and became a two year starter excelling as a quarterback and defensive back while earning an "All-Western Conference" berth as signal-caller his senior year.

Jim was a mainstay at forward for the basketball squad and played first base and pitched for the baseball team. In all, he earned five varsity letters.

At Wenatchee Valley College, Jim gained "All-Conference" recognition at safety and set a school record with six interceptions in a season. He also pitched and played first base for the Knights baseball team. After transferring to the University of Washington, Jim began as a football walk on, but was quickly awarded a scholarship. He worked his way into the starting lineup at safety on a Husky team that led the nation in rush defense and played in the 1964 Rose Bowl.

Jim became a highly regarded football coach at Cleveland, Ballard, Inglemoor and Redmond high schools. His Inglemoor teams won two Kingco titles and he was named "Coach of the Year" four times - twice in the Metro League and twice in the Kingco League.

- Caricatures of inductees as they appeared while involved in WHS athletics and the synopsis of accomplishments are drawn and written by Jeff Mertes.