|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, baseball|
|Born||June 14, 1900|
Dallas County, Texas
|Died||December 13, 1952 (aged 52)|
El Paso, Texas
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||46–42–7 (college football)|
58–56 (college basketball)
21–12 (college baseball)
|Accomplishments and honors|
2 SWC (1934, 1937)
James Roland Kitts (June 14, 1900 – December 13, 1952) was an American football, basketball, and baseball 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.
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.
Head coaching record
|Rice Owls (Southwest Conference) (1934–1939)|
|VPI Goblers (Southern Conference) (1941)|
|VPI Goblers (Southern Conference) (1946–1947)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|†Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final AP Poll.|
- James Kitts' profile in the Texas Death Index
- University of Dallas Baseball Records (accessed June 3, 2012).
- Jimmy Kitts profile at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame
- "Former Rice Coach, Jimmy Kitts, Dies". The Pittsburgh Press. United Press. December 15, 1952. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=z0gbAAAAIBAJ&sjid=rE0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=3300,6195360. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
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