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Former Tech coach Jim Mize dies at age 99

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Submitted photo by LOUISIANA TECH SPORTS Former longtime Louisiana Tech University track and field coach Jimmy Mize passed away Sunday at the age of 99 in Baton Rouge. He is pictured with his wife, Minnie Mize.

Longtime Louisiana Tech University track and field coach Jimmy Mize died Sunday at the age of 99 in Baton Rouge.

Mize began coaching at Ruston High under L.J. “Hoss” Garrett after graduating from Louisiana Tech in 1938. After two years, Garrett insisted Mize take the vacant coaching job at Arcadia High, 20 miles west, and in that year, 1940, Arcadia won the Class B state championship.

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