FOOTBALL 1962- '63
Santa Barbara City College
Northern Arizona University
BASEBALL 1962- '64
|Jim Velasquez distinguished himself on two Warrior playing fields, where he earned a total of five varsity letters: three in baseball and two in football. As a sophomore pitcher for the varsity baseball team, Jim was chosen as his team's Most Valuable Player, an honor he received again as a senior. As a junior and senior pitcher he was named to the Tri-Valley League First Team. He ended his high school baseball career being named Tri-Valley League Co-Player of the Year and Second Team All CIF as a pitcher.
On Memorial Field Jim served the Warriors well as a junior quarterback and co-captain of the 1962 undefeated Tri-Valley League championship team. That year he was named his team's Most Valuable Back and Honorable Mention Tri-Valley League quarterback. As a senior Jim was named CHS Player of the Year for football and First Team Tri-Valley League quarterback. In 1963 he received the American G.I. Forum Outstanding Player award and was selected as the Union Civica Mexicana Outstanding High School Player.
Jim continued to play football at Santa Barbara City College, where he was named All South Central Conference First Team Quarterback in 1964 and Most Valuable Player in 1965. At Northern Arizona University he was first team quarterback, PAT kicker, and co-captain. Rusty Fairly of SBCC says, “Jim was one of the toughest players I ever coached. He was our starting linebacker as well as quaterback, which is not something you see very often at the collegiate level.”
Jim was born in Santa Barbara to Juanita and Gerald Velasquez. He has one brother, Gary Velasquez. He is married to Carpinteria High School graduate Mary Morris, and they have two daughters, Andrea and Alanna. Jim is currently a semi-retired, self-employed locksmith.