James L. "Coach" Reinebold

Born: Fri., Jan. 3, 1930
Died: Wed., Feb. 8, 2017


12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sat., Feb. 11, 2017
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Feb. 11, 2017
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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 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.

Charitable donations may be made in James's memory to the following organization:

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD, 21741-5014

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Hamilton Tiger Cats Family
   Posted Fri February 10, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mr. "Coach" Reinebold. We are ever so sorry for you loss.

We send you our deepest sympathies.


Your Hamilton Tiger-Cats Family

Gregory "Greg" Bowland
   Posted Fri February 10, 2017
I was a student equipment manager for Coach Reinebold's Clay H.S. baseball teams for a couple of years in the mid 1960s. I remember him as a great coach who molded character as well as baseball players. I remember a day when he drove to practice a new Studebaker Lark station wagon he had just purchased. I broke a car key off in the tail gate lock! I thought he was going to kill me! He didn't! I am a better person for having known Coach Reinebold.

Alan Jank - #97
   Posted Fri February 10, 2017
To Evelyn, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren,

I'm sorry for your loss. EVERYONE that has ever had any contact with JR will miss him! I hope he's taking one of his fungo bats up to heaven with him and that they have a bucket of baseballs waiting for him.

Has anyone let God know that someplace along the way to the pearly gates, JR's chariot is going to have to stop and let him off so he can "walk the rest of the way home?"

I depart early tomorrow morning for a family commitment this next week, so I won't be there for his funeral; however, in early March I'll take a long weekend and come visit and pay my respects.

With Love and Respect,
Al Jank, #97

Barb Ziolkowski
   Posted Fri February 10, 2017
Dear Reinebold family,
Please accept our deepest sympathies on your recent loss. 'Our coaches' must be sharing good stories and reminiscing about their baseball contests! Thinking of you, Louise Rzeszewski, Carol (Rzeszewski) Bevill, and Barb (Rzeszewski) Ziolkowski

Randy Dudeck
   Posted Sat February 11, 2017
Joel and family.
My deepest sympathy on the passing of your father.
I always looked forward to playing Clay High School in baseball.
He was truly a legend.

God Bless.
Randy Dudeck.

Jeff Rudasics "Rudy"
   Posted Sat February 11, 2017
Sorry to hear of coaches passing. I was proud to play for him and to this day I love baseball because he taught us all how to play the games right. I'm very glad I had a chance to see him at the Cove and reminisce about those days and thank him for the memories. RIP Coach.

Nancy Jones
   Posted Sat February 11, 2017
Dear "coach" family, So sorry to hear of your beloved father's passing. Our family had such great memories of him. May God bless all of you to have peace with his absence.
Sincerely yours, Nancy Jones

Michael Zimmerman
   Posted Sat February 11, 2017
My deepest condolences to your family. I was honored to have known and been taught by Coach Reinebold.

Cyril Cole
   Posted Sat February 11, 2017

Sending thoughts and prayers your way. As you well know, the connection between coaches and players is a special one. You are nurturing that same bond making you tremendously influential in developing their character. Thanks for doing that so well.

Take good care Joel,


Tony (Radar) Radecki
   Posted Sat February 11, 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 you're 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.

   Posted Sat February 11, 2017
My son worked with a lot of coaches over the years but the one who taught him to respect the game of baseball the most was Jim Reinebold. There was no wearing your baseball cap backwards, no untucked jerseys, no walking onto to the field when you were taking your position, no trotting off the field, no half-hearted running to first base when you thought your hit was going to be caught... nope not in Coach Reinebold's presence. There are good coaches that teach skills and then there are coaches who mold young men. Coach Reinebold was both. I don't think I have ever seen a coach as passionate about the game as he was. If you made a mistake out on the field, he would surely let you know. Though it was not to degrade you but he wanted to make sure you knew how it was supposed to be done, so you could be a better player. I am grateful for the time my son spent with him. He will truly be missed but his legacy will carry on through all of the lives he touched. Rest in peace #4 My deepest condolences to the family. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but LOVE leaves a memory no one can steal."

George Wolfson
   Posted Sat February 11, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with all of "Coach's" family

J.R. was a big and important part of my life and I am thankful for my time with him.

God Bless all of you.

Ed Szucs, Jr.
   Posted Sat February 11, 2017
My condolences go out to Evelyn, Jim Jr., Joel, Jamie, and Jonathan. Having just recently lost my mother, I know the grief and sorrow that you are experiencing. Coach Reinebold taught me a great deal about baseball and about life, and for that I am grateful. You all have my sympathy.

Frances Wagner
   Posted Sun February 12, 2017
To Evelyn and family,
So sorry to learn of Jim's passing. I hope all the wonderful memories will help to comfort you during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Frann Wagner

James L. Walmer and Carolyn Walmer
   Posted Mon February 13, 2017
Our thoughts with Jim's family. Three of our boys participated in the Reinebold fall baseball program and we were there almost every game.. coaching. Our family appreciated all that Jim and his son did to help kids to be better ball players and to be better persons. Jim worked hard to help the kids.

As family members you may not be aware that so many of the parents and our children (young adults) appreciated all that Jim did for them and respected him greatly.

On behalf of my family, we extend our sympathy to you, your family.

Daniel McCann
   Posted Tue February 14, 2017
Condolences the Reinebold family. coach was an inspiration to me and I cherish the memories I had with his children at school. May he rest in peace.

Mark Borkowski
   Posted Tue February 14, 2017
Please accept my sincere condolences to the Reinebold family. I want to thank the family for sharing your dad with me and allowing the time he spent coaching and mentoring those that played baseball for him. Very proud to call Mr. Reinbold "my Coach!"

Gail Moody
   Posted Tue March 21, 2017
Dear Reinebold family, and especially Evelyn,

My heartfelt sympathy to you all; what a wonderful legacy Coach left for us to remember him by. My late husband, Rick, would have been especially grieved by this loss. Rick's father passed away during the time Jim was coaching at Greene Twp. School. Although there was only 13 years difference in their ages, he became a father figure to Rick as well as coach, mentor and friend. The skills he taught went far beyond the playing field, court or classroom. Integrity, self discipline and work ethic were part of the program and were not forgotten after graduation. Thank you for the sacrifices you made as a family to share him with us. May God heal your hearts.

Gail Moody