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James Kitts
File:James Kitts.jpg
Sport(s)Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born(1900-06-14)June 14, 1900
Dallas County, Texas
DiedDecember 13, 1952(1952-12-13) (aged 52)
El Paso, Texas
Head coaching record
Overall46–42–7 (college football)
58–56 (college basketball)
21–12 (college baseball)
Bowls1–1
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Football
2 SWC (1934, 1937)

James Roland Kitts (June 14, 1900 – December 13, 1952)[1] was an American football, basketball, and baseball[2] player and coach. He served as head football coach at Rice Institute—now Rice University—from 1934 to 1939 and at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1941 and from 1946 to 1947, compiling a career college football record of 46–42–7. Kitts was also the head basketball coach at Rice from 1932 to 1938, tallying a mark of 58–56. Kitts was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1956.[3]

Coaching careerEdit

From 1934 to 1939, Kitts coached at Rice, and compiled a 33–29–4 record. His 1934 team went 9–1–1, however his 1939 team went 1–9–1. Prior to coaching at Rice, Kitts guided the University of Dallas (U of Dallas) football, baseball, and men's basketball programs from 1923-1926. Kitts posted an 11-5-2 record with football, 26-15 record with baseball, and 17-17 record with basketball.

DeathEdit

Kitts died on December 13, 1952 in El Paso, Texas.[4]

Head coaching recordEdit

FootballEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Rice Owls (Southwest Conference) (1934–1939)
1934 Rice 9–1–1 5–1 1st
1935 Rice 8–3 3–3 T–3rd
1936 Rice 5–7 1–5 T–6th
1937 Rice 6–3–2 4–1–1 1st W Cotton 18
1938 Rice 4–6 3–3 4th
1939 Rice 1–9–1 0–5–1 7th
Rice: 33–29–4 16–18–2
VPI Goblers (Southern Conference) (1941)
1941 VPI 6–4 4–2 T–5th
VPI Goblers (Southern Conference) (1946–1947)
1946 VPI 3–4–3 3–3–2 T–7th L Sun
1947 VPI 4–5 4–3 8th
VPI: 13–13–3 11–8–2
Total: 46–42–7
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final AP Poll.

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