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WIAA Assistant Executive Director
Administrator & Contributor, 1970-2014
Jim, a Puyallup High School graduate, was a standout wrestler at the University of Puget Sound (1966-70). He began his coaching career at Ballou Junior High School (1970) as the head wrestling coach.
In 1973 he moved to Franklin Pierce High School where he was head wrestling coach and developed a powerhouse in the state. In 12 years, he produced a 107-65-2 dual meet record, and his teams finished runner-up at State in 1981, 1982, and 1983, as well as 5th place in 1984. Franklin Pierce took the Region II crown each of those four years. Jim produced 26 individual State place finishers including five State Champions. He then coached the Pacific Lutheran University wrestling program (1985-88) and produced four national NAIA place finishers and hosted the NAIA Wrestling Tournament in 1988.
Jim moved from coaching to athletic administration, first at Franklin Pierce High School, then the White River School District. After eleven years as one of the WIAA Mat Classic’s original Co-Directors, he became an Assistant Executive Director at the WIAA office. Jim was a pioneer for developing the nation’s first gender equity policy and was a prominent supporter for girls wrestling. After Jim's efforts to help start the first girls wrestling invitational tournament in 2004, the WIAA adopted the Girls State Wrestling Championships in 2007. Jim instituted an officials evaluation system at Mat Classic, which radically improved officiating throughout the state. He continued to be Director of Mat Classic through 2014.
He was the President of the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association (1981-87), Chairman of the Washington State Cultural Exchange (1978-89), Assigning Secretary of the Western Washington Wrestling Officials Association (1989-98), and has been involved in numerous AAU and USA Wrestling state and national offices, committees and events.
Jim was inducted into the UPS Athletic Hall of Fame where he was a four-time wrestling letter winner (1967-70) and a two-time National Tournament competitor. His coaching career also garnered him several awards and hall of fame inductions. Jim has been honored as the AA Coach of the Year (1982), State Wrestling Coach of the Year (1982), Wrestling USA “National Man of the Year” (1984) and received the NAIA District 1-2 Coach of the Year award (1986). He was inducted into the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame (1989), the state Athletic Directors Hall of Fame (2000), and the State Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (2003). More recently, he was awarded the NIAAA National Distinguished Service Award (2004), and the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Citation for Section 8 after concluding his 42nd year in secondary education (2012).