James Ferris

About This Inductee

Following elementary school baseball and basketball, Jim earned 3 letters in baseball and basketball at Kingston High School. At Wilkes College, he earned 4 letters in baseball and was MVP his junior year. He lettered 4 years in basketball, was MVP his senior year and won 3 letters in soccer and was selected to the Silver Anniversary Soccer team. His total of 11 letters earned was the second highest in the history of Wilkes College. He was selected as Male Athlete of the Year in 1955. Jim became head baseball and assistant basketball coach at Kingston High School (8 years). At Wilkes University, he was assistant soccer coach one year, head soccer coach 8 years, assistant basketball coach 2 years, head basketball coach 2 years, and assistant baseball coach 1 year. He has been a member of the District II P.I.A.A. Committee for 17 years (vice-president 12 years), member of the State P.I.A.A. Steering Committee (soccer and wrestling) 17 years, Director of District II P.I.A.A. Soccer Tournament (boys 21 years, girls 18 years), president of the Wyoming Valley Soccer Conference 18 years. Jim was elected to the Wilkes University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993, part of the first class inducted. He retired as principal of Wyoming Valley West High School in 1993 and is presently part-time Student Teaching Supervisor at Wilkes University. He resides in Kingston with his wife Mary Ellen. They have 3 children, Carol, Marie and Jimmy.