Running Backs, Wide Receivers
Coach James is passionate about our youth and their success in athletics. Coach James’ love for athletics and youth inspired him to give back to the community and build something bigger than himself. Through Coach James’ years of experience, he hopes to do what athletics did for him— aspire, achieve, and advance.
As a star standout in football and track & field for Edwardsville High School from 2008-2012, Coach James went on to compete at the collegiate level for McKendree University in both sports. Coach James excelled over those next four years, becoming a 4x GLVC All-Conference receiver and earning GLVC conference championships in the 60 meter dash and 200 meter dash. In 2014 Coach James earned 2nd Team All-American in the 60-meter dash running 6.77 seconds. The following year in 2015 Coach James became McKendree’s first Track & Field athlete to become a First Team All-American by placing 5th in the 60-meter dash running a time of 6.73. During his time at McKendree, Coach James left a mark on both programs as he became the All-Time Leader in All-Purpose Yards and Receptions for McKendree Football, going down as one of the top sprinters in McKendree Track & Field history.
Coach James earned his B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of McKendree, eventually taking on the role of Lead Trainer and Head of Business Operations for Nxt Level Performance Institute over the next three years. Following his role at Nxt Level, Coach James accepted a position as a teaching assistant at Belleville West High School, while also becoming a varsity wide receivers coach for the football team between 2019-2020.
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