Former TCU coach Wacker dead at 66

Updated: August 26, 2003, 1:51 PM ET

SAN MARCOS, Texas - Jim Wacker, who guided Southwest Texas State to a pair of Division II football championships and went on to coach at Texas Christian and Minnesota, died Tuesday. He was 66.

Wacker died after a long battle with cancer, according to a statement released by Southwest Texas State.

"Jim Wacker was an important part of the history of our university," Southwest Texas State president Denise Trauth said. "But he also was so much more. He embodied our spirit and our enthusiasm. He was an inspirational leader not only to the players who played for him, but for all of us. He touched so many lives."

Wacker coached at Southwest Texas State from 1979 to 1982 and won Division II national titles in 1981 and 1982. The Detroit native joined TCU in 1983 and had just two winning seasons in nine years, including an 8-4 mark in 1984 and a trip to the BlueBonnet Bowl. He finished with a 40-58-2 record with the Horned Frogs.

Wacker went on to coach at Minnesota from 1992 to 1996 and finished his college career with a 160-130-3 mark. His career also included stints at Texas Lutheran and North Dakota State.

Wacker returned to Southwest Texas State and served as athletic director from 1998 to 2001.

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