October 06, 2014

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Jimmy Feix, Western Kentucky's winningest football coach and its former athletic director, has died. He was 83.

The school said Feix died Sunday.

A former Hilltoppers player, Feix coached Western Kentucky to a 106-56-6 record as head coach from 1968-83. He was then the school's director of alumni affairs and athletic until he retired in 1990.

After arriving at Western Kentucky in 1949, the Henderson native became the first Hilltoppers player to earn All-America honors as a senior quarterback in 1952. Feix led them to their first bowl berth and victory.

Feix signed with the NFL's New York Giants in 1953 with plans for him to back up quarterback Charlie Conerly, but a preseason injury ended his professional career. He entered the U.S. Air Force.

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