Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Longtime Coach Humphrey Dies

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Longtime Coach Humphrey Dies

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Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER

James Humphrey was not a slam-dunk kind of guy. The hundreds of wins that the longtime Jacksonville basketball coach racked up were more substance than flash.

Humphrey, whose no-nonsense coaching influenced generations of local youth, died Saturday. He was 72 and had been in declining health.

A stickler for technique and conditioning, he spent three decades molding high school players -- and their coaches.

"This man was a genius on the court," said Jackie Simmons, athletic director at Jackson High, where he received his start as an assistant basketball coach under Humphrey, whose system he credits with his own team's three state championship appearances.

Carolyn Anderson, who attended Jackson during Humphrey's tenure and whose daughter attended Raines High during his time there, said the coach was a role model.

"He had a quiet demeanor, but you could always tell that he loved the students," she said. …

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