On Thursday, April 29, 2021, legendary Concord Boys Basketball Coach Jim Hahn passed away at age 64 following a battle with colon cancer and COVID-19. Mr. Hahn taught and coached at Concord from 1983 through 1994. During his eleven seasons as Boys Basketball Head Coach, Concord went 203-68, won four Northern Lakes Conference Championships, six Sectional Championships, four Regional Championships, two Semi-State Championships and finished as State Runners-up with 28-1 records in 1988 and 1990. Hahn’s teams also won a state record 61 straight home games during a stretch from December 1986 to January 1992. The 1990 team played in front of a national high school basketball record crowd of 41,046 in the Hoosier Dome during at the IHSAA State Finals.
Hahn coached players such as Shawn Kemp, Jamar Johnson, Jeff Massey, Bill Mutch, Mike Swanson, Steve Larkin, Donny Hackworth, Johnny Moore and many others during his tenure. He was inducted into the Concord Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995 and is also a member of the Elkhart County Sports Hall of Fame.
Many local media outlets relayed touching stories of Coach Hahn’s career and his interaction with his players:
Elkhart Truth (by Anthony Anderson)
South Bend Tribune (by Scott Davidson)
WNDU – 16 News Now (by Maria Catanzarite)
Following his career at Concord, Hahn spent 26 years working at Welch Packaging in Elkhart. He was married to wife Cindy for eighteen years and had one daughter (Jamie) and two step-children (Nathan Littlefield and Casey Littlefield). The Concord community extends their deepest sympathies to the Hahn family.
Coach Hahn’s obituary may be found here.