For the past 19 years, Jim served as Head Football Coach for Orange Lutheran High School. The Mission of his program was to Build Champions For Life. He pursued that Mission through the relentless pursuit of four prioritized objectives: Strengthening Faith, Developing Character, Educational Achievement, and Competitive Excellence.
When he arrived at Orange Lutheran in 1992, the high school had a student population of 400 and competed at the lowest level of football in Southern California. Only 45 boys total participated in the program. By 2011, Orange Lutheran had grown to 1300 students with 175 boys participating in football in a league ranked as the second toughest for football in the nation.
His career record of 182-52-3 ranks as the second highest winning percentage for coaches with over 100 wins in Orange County history. The Orange County Register named him Coach of the Decade for 2000-2010. Other honors include: NIKE National and State Coach of the Year, Los Angeles Times Southern California Coach of the Year, CIF Champion of Character Award for Leading with Honor and Integrity, a county record 11 straight League Championships from 1998-2008, 2 CIF and 1 State Championship, and ESPN/Under Armor National All Star Game Coach.
Jim helped over 120 of his players secure opportunities to play at the college level at universities ranging from Princeton, Harvard, Dartmouth, Army, Navy, Amherst, and Duke on the East Coast to Stanford, UCLA, USC, Oregon, Washington, Chapman, and San Diego on the West Coast with schools like Notre Dame, Northwestern, and TCU in between.
Jim is a summa cum laude graduate with a Bachelor's degree in political science and a Master's degree in international management. He taught for 4 years in California Lutheran University's MBA program and for 5 years as a high school history teacher. He also served for 5 years as athletic director at Orange Lutheran and for 5 years as director of their leadership studies program. He has spoken at conferences and clinics all over the United States and traveled to over 40 countries abroad. He lives with his wife, Betsy, and daughter, Caroline, in Anaheim.