Athletics Hall of Fame

Jim Lawrence

SPORT(S) Football, Basketball, Baseball
Jim Lawrence graduated from Bemidji State University with a bachelor's degree in physical education and a minor in social studies. After starting at BSU as a freshman, Jim's education was put on hold while he served there years in the army during the Korean War. Upon returning to BSU, Jim resumed his role as a student athlete and was a standout in three sports, including football, basketball and baseball. As a four year letter winner in football, Jim served as team co-captain his junior year and was named All Conference his senior year. Jim was also a four year letter winner in basketball and made All Conference both his junior and senior years. He was elected team captain his sophomore, junior and senior years in this sport. Jim's third sport was baseball, which he played for three years. After finishing school, Jim continued playing on a competitive basketball team and in 1962 and 1963, he participated in an all Indian tournament in Chicago earning honors as conference MVP both years. Jim's professional career began in education, and spanned seven years, including teaching and coaching stints at Red Lake and Deer River. From there, Jim moved into education administration, first with the Red Lake Tribe and then for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Arizona. After 17 years in education, Jim made a career change, moving into the world of health care and hospital administration. This change returned him to Red Lake for a few years and then back to Arizona to work with on the Hopi reservation. Jim is now retired and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. He has three grown children.