American Football Database
Jim Lansing
Biographical details
BornSeptember 16, 1919
Pelham, New York
DiedDecember 2, 2000 (aged 81)
New Rochelle, New York
Playing career
1940–1942, 1946Fordham
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Fordham (assistant)
Blessed Sacrament HS
Head coaching record
Overall30–21–3 (college)
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James Samuel "Jim" Lansing (September 16, 1919, Pelham, New York – December 2, 2000, New Rochelle, New York) was a college football player and coach for the Fordham University Rams in New York. As an All-American end in the 1940s, Lansing participated in the 1940 Cotton Bowl Classic and 1941 Sugar Bowl. Prior to the start of his senior season he was called into duty by the Navy Air Corps to fight in World War II as a fighter pilot. Upon return to Fordham for the 1946 season, Lansing injured his shoulder in the first game, ending his football playing career.

Lansing then served as an assistant coach for Fordham from 1947 through the 1954 seasons, after which the university dropped the football program. Several years after a six-year coaching stint at Blessed Sacrament High School in New Rochelle, Lansing returned to Fordham to take over as the new head football coach. In eight seasons, Lansing compiled an overall record of 30–21–3. He stayed at Fordham to serve as an assistant athletic director and the director of intramural athletics.

In his early years, Lansing grew up in Pelham, New York and graduated from Pelham Memorial High School. He then graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School in South Orange, New Jersey before attending Fordham.[1]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
Fordham Rams (Independent) (1964–1971)
1964 Fordham 1–1
1965 Fordham 4–1
1966 Fordham 1–5
1967 Fordham 5–3
1968 Fordham 7–1
1969 Fordham 5–2–1
1970 Fordham 5–1–2
1971 Fordham 2–7
Total: 30–21–3
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.


  1. Litsky, Frank. "Jim Lansing, 81, Fordham Athlete and Coach", The New York Times, December 9, 2000. Accessed March 10, 2011. "James Samuel Lansing was born Sept. 16, 1919, in Pelham, N.Y., and graduated from Pelham High School and then from Seton Hall Prep in South Orange, N.J."