SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Jim Wacker, a former football coach at TCU and Minnesota who won consecutive national championships in NAIA and Division II, died Tuesday. He was 66.
Wacker, who had a career coaching record of 160-130-3, died after a long battle with cancer, Texas State sports information director Tony Brubaker said.
Wacker won NAIA titles with Texas Lutheran in 1974-75, and NCAA Division II crown with Southwest Texas, now Texas State, in 1981-82. In 1982, the Bobcats went 14-0 and Wacker was named College Division Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.
Wacker went to TCU the following season and his first team went 1-8-2. The next season TCU went 8-4 and played in the Bluebonnet Bowl.
Wacker was credited with uncovering a payment plan to TCU players in 1985 that was in place before he arrived at the school. He dismissed seven players from the team and reported the violation to the NCAA. The program lost 30 scholarships and did not have a winning record again until 1991, going 7-4.
He had a 40-58-2 record in nine seasons at TCU.
Wacker coached Minnesota from 1992-96, going 16-39. He also coached at North Dakota State from 1976 to 1978. His career record was 160-130-3.
He was a commentator for college games on CBS radio before becoming athletic director at Southwest Texas in 1998.
Wacker is survived by his wife, Lil, three sons and six grandchildren.
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