USA Judo

James Colgan

USA Judo is sad to announce the passing of longtime judoka and USA Judo Hall of Fame Inductee, Jim Colgan.

Jim was admitted to the hospital a couple of weeks ago with pneumonia and unfortunately he passed away Monday morning, December 28, 2020, at the age of 89.

Judo was a big part of Jim Colgan’s life. He enjoyed Judo for 65 years and made many lifelong friends, traveled the world and enjoyed every aspect of the sport. He had major accomplishments as a competitor, coach, manager, referee and administrator. As a member and coach of the Uptown Dojo in Chicago, Jim passed his knowledge onto such outstanding Judoka as Irwin and Steve Cohen, Bobby Berland and many others. He also was the manager for many U.S. Judo Teams around the world, including the Olympic Games and World Championships. Jim also provided service and leadership in refereeing as an on-mat referee (up to IJF-B), jury member for many years and mentor for many other referees. For his overall accomplishments, he was awarded an honorary IJF-A in 2011. He served in many capacities at the national level, including Chairman of USA Judo’s Promotion Board.