Jim Rosborough

Year Inducted: 2002

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations

Moline High School
The University of Iowa


Moline native Jim Rosborough has been involved with basketball since he was around 3 years old when his dad put up his first basket. Rosborough became a starter for the legendary Jack Foley in the second half of his junior season (1960-61) at small forward for a Maroons team that was ranked 12th in the final Associated Press regular-season poll and lost in the supersectional to Rockford East.

As a senior Rosborough averaged 12.6 ppg and 7.6 rpg for the 21-6 Mississippi Valley Conference champions, who were ranked 15th in the final AP poll. Rosborough was named all-MVC, all-metro and all-Quad City first team and was named to the Rockford newspapers’ Top Forty players. Rosborough started on the Iowa freshman team and played as a varsity reserve for two years for Sharm Scheuerman and in his final year for Ralph Miller.

Rosborough entered coaching and compiled a 127-22 record in five seasons at Corkery Elementary School on Chicago’s west side before returning to Iowa as a graduate assistant for Lute Olson. Rosborough coached the Iowa JV for two years and became a full-time assistant. He stayed with Olson until becoming an assistant to J.D. Barnett at Tulsa for one year in 1985.

He became the head coach at Northern Illinois University from 1986-89 and then rejoined Olson at Arizona as they won an NCAA championship in 1997. Rosborough left the Arizona men’s basketball program after the 2006-07 season, but was an assistant women’s tennis coach at the school for four more years. He was an assistant men’s coach at Pima College in Arizona for a year before moving over to the women’s program as an assistant, in 2015.