James L. Reinebold Sr.
1930 - 2017
BORN
1930
DIED
2017
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17033 Cleveland Rd
South Bend, IN
James L. Reinebold Sr.

Jan. 3, 1930 - Feb. 8, 2017

SOUTH BEND - James L. Reinebold Sr., “Coach,” 87, of South Bend, was called up by God to coach in heaven. He died at his home on February 8th surrounded by his family. Coach was a lifetime resident of South Bend, born on January 3, 1930. Jim is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Evelyn Shelburg. and five children: James Jr. (Cindy Amick), Jeffery, Jamie, Joel, and Jonathan (Julie Drosky). The Reinebold brood includes 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Jim went to high school at Woodrow Wilson where he ran track, and played basketball and football. “The Embryo,” his nickname due to his small stature, scored the first touch down in St. Joseph County School's history. Jim also played the sport closest to his heart, baseball. After graduation, Jim received his bachelor's degree from Mississippi College. He entered the military during the Korean Conflict and proudly served on Eniwetok as a radio operator, witnessing the largest surface detonation of atomic weapons by the United States. After his military service, he began his long and storied career as an athletic coach. In total, Jim coached in 7 different decades, touching the lives of the hundreds of men and women he coached. Stops along his coaching tour included Greene Township High School (baseball and basketball) and T.L. Handy in Bay City, Michigan (basketball). During this time, he also earned his Master's Degree from the University of Notre Dame. The longest and most successful period of his coaching career was his 25 years at Clay High School where he led the team to the 1970 All Classes State Championship in baseball. Jim's dedication to teaching the game was the impetus to his record of 654 wins against 284 losses during his high school baseball coaching career. Always willing to help those who needed it, Coach successfully advocated for over 200 players from his team and his opponent's teams in gaining admissions and the opportunity to play college baseball. Jim also coached professionally for 14 years. He had stops as a field manager in Coos Bay for the Oakland Athletics, a pitching coach in the Cubs organization in Bradenton, Florida, and was an infield coach for South Bend's very own White Sox and Silverhawks. Coach's #4 is retired at Coveleski Stadium as well as at Clay High School. Coach is a member of the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the National Coaches Hall of Fame and the South Bend Hall of Fame. Jim supported his community by successfully running for and serving on the St. Joseph County Council. Despite his professional life, Jim was always there for his children and beamed with pride for his grandsons and granddaughters. Coach will be missed for his leadership, his devotion to those willing to sacrifice to become better men and women, and his love of his family. Visitation will be at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road, on Saturday, February 11th, from 12-2 with a service at 2:00 p.m., with Steve Bachman officiating. Private burial will follow at Sumption Prairie Cemetery, South Bend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD, 21741-5014. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com.

Published by South Bend Tribune on Feb. 10, 2017.
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Joel and his family my thoughts and prayers go out to you in the passing of your Father. Your Father was always a larger than life figure and it was an honor to know him. We have been friends for over 40 years and I'll always remember the time you and your Father came to Country Stadium to see your Red Sox play my Brewer's. I'm very proud of you and your career at Clay High School and I know our Father's are looking down with smiles on their faces because Spring Training is just around the corner. Baseball renews hope and dreams of our childhood and times cherished with our Fathers. You are a great man and so was your Father . God bless you and your family.
Mike Caplinger
February 24, 2017
I will be keeping Mrs. Reinebold and the family in my thoughts and prayers, I had the chance to meet Mr. Reinebold in his elderly years. I was one of his caregivers. I am grateful to have met these wonderful people God Bless you all.
Janie Plump
February 15, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Reinebold family. I am thankful to have known Coach and appreciate the role he played in shaping the character of so many young men.
Rick Mould
February 15, 2017
I never personally met Coach, however, he still had an effect on my life as a native of South Bend. He coached my brother at Greene High School, Gil Reed. His name would come up nearly every year of my life, so I had to learn more about him. As a result I was inspired to coach local softball. Further, I became an avid proponent of the game because of him. I became a commissioner of softball in South Bend and later for the senior league in Mishawaka.
To me his greatness is proven right here in the condolences in that I have ties to at least three other writers here. In fact I have coached one of the players he had coached, Howie Emmons.
I have to think there is baseball in heaven but if I am wrong then Coach Jim will get it started for the rest of us to follow.
Rest in peace Coach Jim
Richard Gosbin Senior League Commissioner, Mishawaka, IN
Richard Gosbin
February 13, 2017
Dear Mrs. Reinebold and Family:

I was sad to hear of the passing of Coach. He was a part of so many lives, including my own. My dream growing up was to one day play baseball for Clay High School and Coach Reinebold. It was an honor when the dream finally came true. I saw coach one day a couple of years ago, and I remember us having a wonderful conversation. I was also very blessed to have him come to the visitation for my dad's passing. Two men who had the greatest impact on my life. Am keeping all of you in my prayers. God bless. David Hankins
February 12, 2017
My thoughts and condolences go to Coach Reinebold's families.The man is a legend and he helped so many students and athletes during his career. May he rest in peace! Mike Sacchini
February 12, 2017
My sincere condolences to the entire Reinebold family. The Edison family from Greene Township is privileged to have been influenced by Coach Jim. He devoted time developing our first baseball program at Greene. He never failed to put his students, players, and their families first. His goals were always to build character, good sportsmanship, and a good work ethic. Evelyn, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God Bess you all. Pat Edison Sriver-Clevenger
Pat Edison Sriver-Clevenger
February 11, 2017
My prayers & thoughts go out to all of coach's family & friends for their loss.
He was, what he needed to be, to be one of the most admired coaches of my day.
I am grateful for having him as my coach.
I am proud to have known him.
May you rest in peace, coach.
Clay Colonials: Class of 1981
Doug Rusthoven
February 11, 2017
My sincere condolences to the Coach's family and friends. May you draw comfort from the enduring legacy of his influence on the lives of countless players and students.
Neil Nemeth
February 11, 2017
What a man to celebrate! He played such an important role in teaching my son the ins and outs of baseball, as well as numerous life lessons. We will forever be grateful for his influence and spirit. Our thoughts are with the entire family in the upcoming days and beyond. You had a great run, Coach!
Karl, Judy, Kyle & Carly Schultz
February 11, 2017
Helping to shape players as well as encourage them to be better people is what coaching is all about and Jim certainly epitomized that. We felt honored to have known him, see him in action and grateful for the invaluable guidance he gave our son. We offer our deepest condolences to the family, especially Evelyn and Joel whom we were privileged to get to know. Howie and Becky Emmons
February 11, 2017
MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL, IN YOUR TIME OF SORROW ,HE PLAYED THE GAME THE WAY HE WANTED ,,
DUANE FOWLER
February 11, 2017
So very very sorry for your loss.You are in are thoughts
And prayers. (The Kovatch family)
Chris Kovatch
February 11, 2017
My condolences to Evelyn and the entire Reinebold family. I played baseball and basketball for Jim at Greene Twp.in the late 1950's & early 60's. Jim and Evelyn were also classmates of three of my siblings and good friends to my family.
Ken Buck
February 10, 2017
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Jim was a great guy and a real gentleman. He and I were in school together at Ardmore school.
Evelyn you have my deepest sympathy. You and your family will be in Ruth and my thoughts and prayers.
Chuck An Dusen
February 10, 2017
So very sorry for your family Jim. You all are in our prayers. We love y'all!!! Ron and Cheryl
Ron and cheryl Allen
February 10, 2017
Mrs. Reinebold & Family,
Am sorry for your loss.
I graduated from Greene in 1964,and had Coach in biology.
Helen Lichtenbarger,White,Vervaet
Helen vervaet
February 10, 2017
Class of 1960 at Greene Twp. Coach would teach, look at me in class, and say"what did I say, Dixon?" This seemed to occur every class session. Loved him dearly.
Carolyn Dixon Smith
February 10, 2017
My thoughts and prayers to the whole Reinebold family. As a first year soccer coach I shared practice time with him. He treated me as an equal and we shared the gym space equally. He will be missed.
George Lund
February 10, 2017
Mrs. Reinbold, Sorry to hear of coach's passing. I was one of the hundreds of individuals that his influence and exceptional coaching skills not only made us better athletes , but also better people. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May Coach Rest In Peace and God comfort you ! Sincerely, Mike Borkowski Clay class of '68
Mike Borkowski
February 10, 2017
Mrs Reinebold & Family,
Sorry to hear of Coach's passing. I was one of the hundreds of individuals that his positive influence and exceptional coaching skills, made us better athletes but more importantly, better people. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family. May Coach rest in peace and God comfort you.
Sincerely,
Mike Borkowski
Clay Class of 1968.
Mike Borkowski
February 10, 2017
Great Coach, Great Teacher. Clay Class of 1982.
February 10, 2017
Jim was a fellow counselor at Clay and was always there for kids. A very classy individual who worked very hard with his beloved Baseball and in his job as a counselor. He leaves a real legacy.
Our condolences to "Evy" and the kids.
Tom and Jane Vandewalle
February 10, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Reinebold family.

Ted Seall, MD, FACEP
Clay High School Baseball Class 1988
February 10, 2017
To the Reinebold family.
As a former student from Greene, neighbor and friend of Coach Reinebold I send my deepest sympathy and prayers. Coach was truly a lover of his sports and the students he taught and coached. He will be missed. God Bless.
Carol Wallisch Haag
Carol Haag
February 10, 2017
Dom Fejer
February 10, 2017
Coach was one of my teachers when he was at Greene School. He was always available when you needed help and always had a smile. We would always say hello when at the Cove and he never forgot a face. Prayers to the family.
Pat Clady
February 10, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Reinebold's family and friends.

We send you our deepest sympathies.

Love,

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats Family
February 10, 2017
a loved one
February 10, 2017
Roger Eby
February 10, 2017
Joel and the Reienbold Family,

My deepest sympathies on Jim's passing. Many great memories of him both on and off the ball field. He was truly one of a kind and his lessons and legacies will live on through the hundreds of lives he has touched. God Bless.
Jeff Buysse
February 10, 2017
Joel and the Reinebold Family,
My deepest sympathies on Jim's passing. Many great memories of him both on and off the ball field. He was truly one of a kind and his lessons and legacies will continue on through the hundreds of lives he has touched. God Bless
Jeff Buysse
February 10, 2017
I played for Coach Reinebold in the late 50's at Greene Twp. H.S. He and Evie paid a surprise visit to my retirement celebration from teaching at Wakarusa Middle School. He was the first man in my life to treat me with respect and instill in me a sense of value as a person. We were close friends from the high school years to this present time. God bless you and your family and thank you for all you did for me.
Love you, Gil
Gil Reed
February 10, 2017
Jim and Evie gave me the great opportunity to play serious baseball with a great bunch of guys from 1957 thru 1960 for the South Bend Travelers (Sherman's Cleaners), playing in such places as Ft. Knox, Michigan State Prison and Chunky, Mississippi. Jim even coached a men's league team I played for in the 90's giving me some great pointers on infield positioning. I remember being particularly honored when he got thrown out of a couple games and turned the managing of the team over to me. His love and devotion to the game was special.
Dave Lerman
February 10, 2017
I was a manager for Coach (Clay class 1974)...what a great experience to be a part of a first class organization. Coach once told us managers that if his players were as dedicated as us managers we would win the state championship every year.That stayed with me my entire life...that it meant everyone has an important role in an organization
Jeff "Sticky" Nickerson
February 10, 2017
So sorry to hear of Coach's passing. I remember him from Greene and biology class. He was a great friend to my brother, Richard. RIP, Coach.
Bonnie Dixon Stewart
February 10, 2017
Mr. Reinebold was a friend to me at Washington-Clay High School back in the 60's. He always had a smile for me and told me that I could do anything, which was a kind thing to say because I was not to athlete at all. Thanks
Charleen Webb-Wozniak
February 10, 2017
4.5 & all the kids:

Although Marie and I had no family that played for "4", we always felt we were part of the team. 4 molded a lot of young men who were a lot better off after being around him.

Our prayers are with all of you, wish we could be at the ballpark after the services.

Jim & Marie Hummell
Jim & Marie Hummell
February 10, 2017
Our deepest Sympathy and Prayers.
Love, The Kehoe Family
February 10, 2017
Our prayers are with all of you.
Jim was special to all of us.
Louis Udvardy Family
Diana Udvardy
February 10, 2017
I played baseball for coach Reinebold in the mid 70's at Clay High School. Coach was more than an icon to me. True, he was a great baseball coach for many years and led my generation to the semi-state; however, he was much more than a baseball coach icon to me. I can honestly say that if it were not for coach Reinebold, I would not be where I am today in my life. Coach Reinebold made me a co-captain for my senior year in high school; not because of my talent, but because he knew it would be a key leadership feature that would help me be accepted to the US Coast Guard Academy; it worked. Coach Reinebold also taught me about "MENTAL TOUGHNESS" which became a tremendous asset throughout my life; not only in college sports/academics but also in my professional business career. In my mind, I can still him saying in a very loud voice (not yelling): "Focus on what your doing Radecki. Focus. Focus. Focus. If you're not mentally tough, you're weak. Focus. Focus. Focus". THANK YOU coach Reinebold. My best wishes and prayers go out to coach's family and friends. Rest in peace coach; rest in peace.
Tony (Radar) Radecki
February 10, 2017
Deepest Sympathy to the Reinebold Family.God Bless you all. Coach was also an outstanding High School Basketball Official. Refereeing many big and important games in IHSAA Basketball History. Godspeed Coach Reinebold
Jim Gadacz
February 10, 2017
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