Jim Chalin ’76 Inducted 2004
One of the purest outside shooters in the history of Gustavus basketball, Jim Chalin finished his career making 47 percent of his shots, most of which came from long range. The 5'10" guard from St. James, Minn., averaged 10.5 points per game in his career. However, Chalin did most of his scoring in his junior and senior seasons. During Jim's junior season, he averaged 10.4 points per game to help the Gusties finish as co-champions of the MIAC with a record of 13-5. Chalin's senior season turned out to be the finest of his career as he averaged 14.5 points per game. Gustavus finished second in league play but went on to win the NAIA District 13 title and a trip to the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, finishing with an overall record of 19-11. In the NAIA district championship game, Gustavus defeated Augsburg 64-60 in overtime as Chalin scoredd 22 points in the second half, including the only 4 points of the overtime. At the end of the season, Jim recveived MIAC Most Valuable Player honors as well as being named First Team All-District.
After graduating in 1976 with a major in business, Chalin began his career in accounting and finance. He started as an accountant with Green Giant Corporation in LeSueur, Minn. After Pillsbury purchased Green Giant, Jim worked his way up the ladder with Pillsbury, working in the accounting and finance divisions. He spent time in Miami, Fla., and Lafayette, Ind. Chalin left Pillsbury to join Northrup-King. Jim is currently the controller for a division of Thermo Electron Corporation in Coon Rapids, Minn. He and his wife, Janet, live in Minneapolis with their two sons, Michael (14) and Jacob (6).