Jim Pittman
Jim Pittman at Tulane.jpg
Pittman pictured in Jambalaya 1968, Tulane yearbook
Biographical details
Born(1925-08-28)August 28, 1925
Boyle, Mississippi
DiedOctober 30, 1971(1971-10-30) (aged 46)
Waco, Texas
Playing career
1947–1949Mississippi State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1951–1953Mississippi State (freshmen)
1954–1955Mississippi State (assistant)
1956Washington (assistant)
1957–1965Texas (assistant)
Head coaching record

James Noel Pittman (August 28, 1925 – October 30, 1971) was a college football coach at Tulane University and Texas Christian University.


A native of Boyle, Mississippi, Pittman played at Mississippi State University. From 1966 to 1970, he served as the head football coach at Tulane, and during his tenure there he compiled a 21–30–1 record. In 1971, he served as the head football coach at TCU, where he compiled a 3–3–1 record, being credited for the 34–27 win that happened on the day of his death.[1][2] He died of a heart attack suffered on the sidelines of a game against Baylor in Waco, Texas on October 30, 1971.[2]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Tulane Green Wave (NCAA University Division independent) (1966–1970)
1966 Tulane 5–4–1
1967 Tulane 3–7
1968 Tulane 2–8
1969 Tulane 3–7
1970 Tulane 8–4 W Liberty 17
Tulane: 21–30–1
TCU Horned Frogs (Southwest Conference) (1971)
1971 TCU 3–3–1[n 1] 2–1[n 1] [n 1]
TCU: 3–3–1 2–1
Total: 24–33–2


  1. ^ a b c Pittman coached the first seven games of the season before he died on October 30, 1971. Billy Tohill replaced Pitmman as head coach, leading TCU to a 3–1 record over the final four games, all played against conference opponents, of the season. TCU finished the season with a 6–4–1 overall record and placed third with a 5–2 conference mark.


  1. ^ "Pittman Leaves Tulane Eleven To Coach T.C.U." The New York Times. United Press International. December 16, 1970. Retrieved January 17, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Pittman burial Tuesday". The Tuscaloosa News. The Associated Press. November 1, 1971. p. 6. Retrieved January 17, 2010.