The University of Evansville lost a a legend on Tuesday night with the passing of former football coach and athletic director Jim Byers. Byers was 79 years old.
The Purple Aces great started his career at the University of Evansville in 1965 as an assistant football coach before taking over as head coach a year later.
He was head coach from 1966 to 1977, and then followed that up by serving as athletic director until retiring in 1997.
Byers also played an important role in the Aces rebuilding process following the basketball team’s plane crash in 1977.
Even after retirement, Byers stayed active in the University of Evansville athletic department.