Jimmy Feix, who became the first Western Kentucky University football player to earn All-America honors, and later, the school's winningest head coach, died Sunday afternoon. He was 83 years old.
“He is the coach. He’s the heart-and-soul of Hilltopper football,” said Paul Just, WKU’s sports information director emeritus. “He lived it as a player, he lived it as an assistant coach, he lived it as a head coach; he lived it as the A.D.”
Funeral arrangements are pending. Feix is survived by his wife Frankie, two adult sons and several grandchildren. News of Feix’s passing was announced by the university Sunday night.
James Wyne Feix was born in Henderson on Aug. 1, 1931 and first made his mark on the Hill in the early 1950s as a quarterback for Western. He was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference team in 1951 and 1952. He led the team to a conference championship in 1952.