Jim Paramore
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1962–1963Linn HS (KS)
1964–1966Herington HS (KS)
1967–1968Dodge City CC
1972–1976Southwestern (KS)
1977–1978Bethel (KS)
Head coaching record
Overall27–36 (college)
4–14–1 (junior college)
Accomplishments and honors
Kansas Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame[1]

James Paramore (born c. 1939) is a former American football player, coach, and official. He served as the head football coach at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas from 1973 to 1976 and Bethel College in Newton, Kansas from 1977 to 1978, compiling a career college football coaching record of 27–36.

Playing career

Paramore played high school football in Topeka, Kansas and later in college at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. While at Baker, he was one of the better players in the nation and was in the running for the Associated Press "Little All-American" status,[2] while securing all-conference honors.[3]

Coaching career

Community college

Paramore worked his way into coaching through the community college ranks in Kansas. He was head football coach at Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kansas for the 1967 and 1968 seasons. At Dodge, his teams posted a losing record of 4–14–1.[4]


Paramore was the 20th head football coach at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas and held that position five seasons, from 1972 to 1976, compiling a record of 20–25.[5]


After Southwestern, Paramore became the head football coach at Bethel College in Newton, Kansas for two seasons, from 1977 to 1978. For those two seasons, his teams compiled a record of 7–11.[6]

High school

Paramore has continued to coach during "retirement" by assisting his son, Mike, at the high school level[7] at Perry-Lecompton High School in Perry, Kansas.[8]

Officiating career

Paramore found more success as a game official and was inducted into the Kansas Collegiate Officials Association Hall of Fame in 2002.[9]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Southwestern Moundbuilders (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1972–1976)
1972 Southwestern 4–5 4–4 5th
1973 Southwestern 2–7 2–6 T–7th
1974 Southwestern 5–4 5–3 T–2nd
1975 Southwestern 6–3 5–3 T–2nd
1976 Southwestern 3–6 3–5 T–6th
Southwestern: 20–25 19–21
Bethel Threshers (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1977–1978)
1977 Bethel 7–2 7–1 2nd
1978 Bethel 0–9 0–8 9th
Bethel: 7–11 7–9
Total: 27–36


  1. ^ Topeka Capital-Journal September 25, 2002
  2. ^ Lawrence Journal-World "Several Kansans Draw Mention in All-American Talk" November 10, 1960
  3. ^ Lawrence Journal-World "Baker Places Two on All Loop Team" December 1, 1959
  4. ^ Dodge City Community College Archived 2010-03-07 at the Wayback Machine Football coaching records
  5. ^ Southwestern College - Winfield, KS Archived May 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Bethel College Archived November 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Football records
  7. ^ The Southwesterner "Notes on Friends", Spring 2009, p7
  8. ^ Kaw Football Coaching Staff
  9. ^ Topeka Capital-Journal[permanent dead link] "Kansas Collegiate Officials Association" September 24, 2002