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James Skala
American basketball player-coach

James Skala

James Skala
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Intro American basketball player-coach
Is Sports coach Basketball coach
From United States of America
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 18 September 1930
Age 91 years
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James G. "Jim" Skala (born September 18, 1930) is a former American basketball player and coach. He played college basketball at the University of Michigan from 1949 to 1952 and was the captain, leading scorer, and most valuable player of the 1951-52 team. He later coached basketball at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan.

Early years

Skala grew up in Chicago and attended Lindblom High School.

University of Michigan

Skala attended the University of Michigan. He played college basketball at Michigan from 1949 to 1952. He was the captain, leading scorer, and most valuable player for the Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team during the 1951-52 season. Skala also played football as a reserve at the end position on the 1949 and 1950 Michigan football teams.

Coaching career and later years

After graduating from Michigan, Skala became the head basketball coach at Eastern Michigan University. He held that position from 1954 to 1960, compiling a 41-90 in six seasons. He then served six years as an assistant basketball coach at the University of Michigan where he was responsible for recruiting Cazzie Russell to play for the Wolverines. He resigned in October 1966 to accept a job with Commercial Carriers, an automotive carrier firm in Detroit.

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