He began his coaching career at Wilmington High School in 1974 serving 2 years as freshman basketball coach and 5 years as varsity basketball coach. He also coached football for 2 years and varsity baseball for 5 years. His basketball teams at Wilmington compiled a record of 66 wins and 33 losses along with 2 undefeated League Championships.
Jim became head basketball coach at Trotwood-Madison High School in 1981 where he was varsity basketball coach for ten years. He recorded a record of 148 wins and 79 losses. His teams won 5 league championships, 5 sectional championships and one district championship. Jim also coached varsity softball for two seasons.
In 1991 Jim took on the challenge of building a basketball program at Centerville High School. Centerville had dominated the Dayton area in nearly every sport with the exception of basketball. From 1956 until 1991 Centerville Basketball had a record of 278 wins and 422 losses. The Elks had never won a league or sectional title and had only 7 winning seasons during the previous 35 years. Jim’s Centerville teams over the next 21 years won 326 games and had 158 losses. They won 9 sectional titles, 4 district titles and were regional finalists on 2 occasions. His teams also won 6 league titles including the school’s first. The Elks were in the district finals 8 straight years and 9 times in 10 years.
Jim was twice named District 15 Coach of the Year, A.P. Southwest Ohio Coach of the Year in 1988 and Ohio Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2008. He was the recipient of the Agonis Club Sportsmanship, Integrity, Character and Achievement Award in 2005. He received the Bob Arnzen Award in 2012 and was a member of the inaugural class of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Honor in 2011. He coached the North-South All-Star Game in 2003 and the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game in 2002. Jim also won 13 League Coach of the Year Awards. His 540 wins rank third in Southwest Ohio history behind Joe Petrocelli and Paul Walker. Jim was a 35 year member of District 15 and served as president for two years and District 15 director for seven years.
Jim and his wife Susie have four children: Jayme 35, Jill 32, Jimmy 22 and Erin 17. He also has two grandchildren: Chloe 10 and Eric 8.
Jim’s basketball philosophy started with a commitment to develop your own talent to the fullest. His teams where built on defense, shot selection and free throw shooting. He felt you could negate speed with strength, talent with preparation and build a basketball tradition built on out working your opponent.