Jim attended Enumclaw High School followed by Peninsula College where he received his AA. He then received his Bachelor of Arts in Education (1973-76) and Master of Science (Athletic Administration) from Central Washington University (1993). While in high school he was an outstanding basketball and baseball player. He continued his athletic career at Peninsula College playing on both the basketball and baseball teams. At CWU, he was a pitcher for the Wildcats who were two-time Evergreen Conference Champions.
Jim was a teacher, coach and athletic director spanning 35 years. He taught History at Dayton High School (1976-78) and then at Burlington-Edison High School (1978-89) while coaching baseball at both schools during those times. In 1989, he became the Athletic Director at Burlington-Edison and held that position for the next 22 years. While acting as the athletic director, he continued to teach (2001) and coach (2006). As head baseball coach at Burlington-Edison, he made 15 state tournament appearances and recorded 481 wins, 211 losses. He accepted the assistant baseball coaching position in 2012 and continues to do so under head coach John Thurmond.
Jim was inducted into the Washington State Coaches Association Hall of Fame (1993), was named the Washington State Baseball Coach of the Year (2006), National High School Baseball Coaches Association Coach of the Year for Washington State (2006), and at the time of his retirement he was 9th all-time on the “most wins” list in the history of Washington State High School Baseball Coaches. More than 100 players he coached went on to play college baseball. Nine of whom were drafted by Major League Baseball (MLB). He is currently the pitching coach and head recruiter for the Bellingham Bells of the Collegiate West Coast League (2011-present).
As a coach, he saw each year as a new challenge and spent countless hours developing strategies, honing techniques, learning from others and listening to his student athletes and coaches. He led by example and is well loved by his players because of his dedication to them, to the game and to his morals. He was notorious for providing student athletes with a glove, a pair of cleats, words of encouragement or whatever else they might have needed when nobody else was there to help. He has been more than just a coach to many, he has been like family. He lives for sharing his knowledge and passion with young people.