MONROE-VILLE – James “Jim” M. McCoy Sr. of the Penn Hills area of Pittsburgh, formerly of Farrell, passed away early Saturday morning (9-29-12) in UPMC East, Monroeville. He was 76.
Mr. McCoy was born Aug. 24, 1936, in Cheraw, S.C., to Rufus and Estelle Fleming McCoy.
In his youth at Farrell High School, following in the footsteps of his brother, Julius, he led Farrell to a state basketball championship in 1954. He starred three years for the Steelers, earning first-team All-State honors his junior and senior years. In 1953-54, the team won the state Class A title. As a senior, Jim scored 444 points, bringing his three-year total to 976.
In the 1954-55 season, his team handed Wilt Chamberlain and his Philadelphia Overbrook team the only loss of Chamberlain’s high school career. Jim played a big role in a 99-game home-court winning streak at Farrell.
In 1955, McCoy scored 67 points in the WPIAL tournament, breaking his brother Julius’s mark of 61 set in 1952. As a senior, he was called by United Press International the best all-around player in the state.
Jim went on to Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he was a three-year varsity starter, averaging 15 points a game.
His basketball prowess led him to the professional ranks, playing professionally with the Cleveland Pipers, Pittsburgh Rens and Sunbury Mercurys. For his athletic achievements, he was inducted into Mercer County Hall of Fame on Feb. 8, 1992.
He was employed by the Pennsylvania State Parole Board in Pittsburgh, beginning his career as a parole agent on Jan. 7, 1966, and retiring as deputy director on May 7, 1999.