After spending the first seven years of his career in three separate school districts, Coach Jim Blythe joined the Indianola schools as a high school science teacher and head baseball coach in the fall of 1985.
From his days as an athlete at Bettendorf High School, the University of Northern Iowa and a brief stint with the San Francisco Giants organization, baseball was Jim’s passion. During Coach Blythe’s 19 seasons leading the Indians, he amassed a record of 463 wins and 214 losses; his overall record spanning 25 seasons stands at 546 – 273.
Coach Blythe mentored many players who continued their baseball careers in college and beyond. He coached 10 former Indians who played at varying levels professionally, included in this group is retired LA Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake. Jim was recognized as District Coach of the Year 3 times and Conference Coach of the Year numerous times. In 2005, Coach Blythe was awarded the ultimate recognition in Iowa high school baseball, induction into the Iowa Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. During the “off season” Coach Blythe’s talents also benefitted athletes in other sports.
During his career, Jim has also coached girls and boys basketball, middle school football and high school tennis. Jim was, and still remains, very committed to the student athletes of Indianola schools. After his retirement from teaching in 2011, Mr. Blythe shares a position of ‘In-school Supervision’ at IHS as well as coaching boys and girls middle school basketball and high school boys’ tennis.
Jim and wife Cinda, who also retired from IHS in 2011, continue to reside in Indianola. The Blythe’s family also includes daughter Sara and her husband Corey, and granddaughter Lucie. Jim and Cinda are also the parents of son Todd, a former Indianola and Iowa State football standout.
Congratulations Coach Blythe! Thank you for the positive impact you’ve made on so many students/athletes and continue to do so in retirement.