Hall of Fame

Jim Randall

Induction Class of 1999

Jim Randall was a Loxley, AL native and a graduate of Jackson’s Forrest Hill High School who played college football at Tulane. He received his Masters in Education from USM and took his first coaching job at Pascagoula High School, where he spent 3 years before coming to Sunflower Junior College in 1951.

Coach Randall would remain in Moorhead for 27 years as head football coach and athletic director and later would take on the mantle of Executive Director of the MDCC Developmental Foundation. During his coaching career Jim Randall influenced the lives of thousands of athletes. A slow Southern drawl and easy-going manner belied the fact that he was a strict disciplinarian. But, he was known as a fair and caring person who respected the efforts of the kids who played for him. His players, in turn, respected him for the life lessons he taught them. One player, following Randall’s untimely death in a 1993 automobile accident, said “Coach Randall was more than a coach: he was a friend to a lot of us, he taught us the walk of life, you might say.”

During his coaching career Randall won 3 State Championships. The first title came in 1962. The 1962 title was followed by back-to-back State Championships in 1972 and 1973. He and his staff received Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 1962 and again in 1971, 1972, and 1973.

Randall has served as President of the National Junior College Football Coaches Association and was honored by the National Football Foundation for contributions to amateur athletics.

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