Jim graduated from Greater Nanticoke Area High School, where he was an All-Scholastic quarterback and defensive back. He finished his high school career with 4,423 passing yards, throwing for 36 touchdowns and rushing for 16. He also participated in basketball as an All-Scholastic guard on the 1987 District 2 AAA Championship team. Also a baseball All-Scholastic and Wyoming Valley Conference AAA MVP in 1988, he broke the Jerry Bavitz’ school single season record for ERA with a 0.61 ERA. He pitched one no-hitter vs. Bishop Hoban in 1988 and set school records for strikeouts in a game with 19 vs. Northwest in 1986. Jim was a member of the 1988 Wyoming Valley Conference AAA and District Two AAA championship team beating Bishop Hoban 4-0 and Abington Heights 1-0. Jim was also a 1987 member of the PA American League All-East-West team and a member of the Keystone State Games/Pocono region Baseball championship team in 1987. In 1992 at Fordham University, Jim was the Vincent T. Lombardi Award Winner Male Athlete of the Year. He was also 1992 Patriot League Pitcher of the Year and 1992 third team ABCA All-American Pitcher. Jim ended his career at Fordham University with a 17-2 record, with 102 strikeouts, a 2.35 ERA, seven complete games and five shutouts. He ended his career with the school record for career shutouts with 5, third in career ERA (2.35) and 9th in career wins with 17, all in two years of pitching in his junior and senior years. He is also currently number one in school history for single season shutouts with three in 1992, 13th for single season ERA (1.90 in 1992) and tied for 8th on the school single season wins list with 9 in 1992. Jim was inducted in Fordham University’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. Jim was drafted by Chicago White Sox in the 38th round in the 1992 MLB Professional draft. HE played two years of minor league baseball, on two division winning teams, one in the New York Penn League (1992) with the Utica Blue Sox and in the Midwest League (1993) with the South Bend White Sox. A resident of Nanticoke, Jim is currently employed by Acton Technologies. Jim has one son, AJ (Aiden James).