Pop Warner Hall of Fame – Jim Rindfuss


Induction Class of 2019

Coach Rindfuss attended Kenmore High School, which is now Kenmore West High School.  While in high school, he participated in basketball and baseball; graduating in 1958.  After high school, Coach attended Brockport State Teacher’s College, graduating in 1962 with a degree in Physical Education.  While at Brockport, Coach Rindfuss played on the Tennis Team, captaining the team his senior year.  

After graduation, Coach Rindfuss’ first job in Physical Education was in the City of Buffalo for one year.  From there, he taught in a small school in the Lower Adirondacks named Stratford Central.  During his three years there,  he coached Varsity Soccer, Basketball, Baseball and Track.  He still sees many of these former students. 

Coach then moved back to Western New York where he coached Basketball at Holland Central Schools and took up residence in Springville.  He coached 14 years at Holland before being hired at Springville-GI. 

During his years at Springville-GI    –   1980-1995, he coached the Boy’s Varsity Basketball Team for eleven years compiling a won-lost record of 179 and 61.  Statistics included in this eleven-year record were ten times qualifying for sectional play.  Three times participating  in the the Sectional Finals and six times in the Sectional sem-finals.  The Griffins won their Division a total of five times.  Every year the Griffins won either the Tip-Off Tournament or the McDonald’s Tournament.   Coach Rindfuss started the McDonald’s Tip- Off  Tournament which now has become the Emerling Christmas Tournament. 

After a year off, he came back to coaching the Girls’ J.V. Basketball Team for four years.  His records for those four years were 65 wins and 15 losses.  He loved every minute of coaching the girls. 

After retiring in 1995 from teaching and coaching for 33 years, Coach helped out with the Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team as a volunteer assistant coach for two years. 

Coach Rindfuss during his years at SGI coached the Girls’ Tennis Team from 1988-1995.  During those eight years, he had a record of Won 64, Lost 32.

Coach Rindfuss while living in Springville from 1966, coached  Little League Football for ten years.  He also served as Youth Inc. Recreational Director for a number of  years. 

Coach Rindfuss married his college sweetheart, Pat and has been happily married for 57 years.  They have five sons who all made S-GI teams proud.  Coach Rindfuss states, “the best thing to happen to me and my family has been to be a part of the Springville-GI School District Schools and Community”.

I feel especially proud to be nominated for this award.  I have been blessed with many, many, dedicated players both male and female, that made this possible.  I plan and look forward to attending as many Springville-GI activities as possible in the future.