Emeritus Football Coach Jim Ostendarp

James Ostendarp, football coach and professor pf physical education at Amherst College for 32 years until his retirement in 1992, died on Thursday, Dec., 15 at his home in Sunderland, Mass. He was 82 years old.

The Ostendarp family has requested that memorial tributes be directed to the James E. Ostendarp Professorship at Amherst. The James E. Ostendarp Professorship was established in 1990 by former students, friends, and colleagues to honor Coach Ostendarp on the occasion of a dinner in his honor held in New York City, to show their appreciation for his keen interest in all aspects of the Amherst experience and his commitment to the development of the Amherst student within the ideals of a liberal arts education. Ostendarp coached football at Amherst from 1959 through 1992. The Ostendarp Professorship is awarded on a biennial basis to the faculty member who is deemed to exhibit both distinction in his or her experience, including intercollegiate athletics, and a sincere continuing interest in the Amherst student after his or her years at the College.

Read Amherst's news release about Jim Ostendarp.