In Memoriam: James O. West

virginiasports.com obituary

May 22, 2009 — Former University of Virginia baseball coach and athletics administrator Jim West died May 20 of complications from a stroke. West spent 33 years in the U.Va. athletics department.

A native of Suffolk, Va., West coached the Cavalier baseball team from the 1962 through 1980. The 1972 team won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and was the first Virginia baseball team to participate in the NCAA Tournament.

West received his undergraduate degree in education from U.Va. in 1958, a master's degree a year later and a doctorate in 1975.

West joined the U.Va. athletics department in the fall of 1959 as head cross country coach and first-year baseball coach. He assumed the head baseball coaching responsibilities for the 1962 season and was director of the service physical education program from 1961 to 1972. West was appointed assistant athletic director in 1972 and became associate director of athletic programs in 1978. He later was named senior associate athletic director.

West retired from the University's athletics department in September 1992. Baseball uniform No. 24, worn by West during his 19 years as the Cavaliers' head coach, was retired by the Virginia athletics department.