Jeff James finishes his fifth year overall at Seattle University, including his third season as an assistant coach after serving as director of baseball operations for two years.
James came to Seattle University from Everett Community College, where he had been an associate head coach and head hitting coach from 2007 to 2011. He helped manage the Trojans to a 20-4 record, the best in school history, in 2011. Under his tutelage, the team ranked fifth in hitting in the 35-team NWAAC during both the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
While coaching at Everett CC, James also held numerous summer coaching jobs. He was an assistant coach with the Everett Merchants, a collegiate summer team in the Pacific International League from 2010-2011. He helped the Merchants become the second best-hitting team in the league. He also ventured north of the border to coach when he took a hitting coach position with the Kelowna Falcons of the West Coast League in 2009-2010. Again, he helped the Falcons become the second-best hitting club in the league. James also has head coaching experience, having led both the Seals Baseball Team, a semi-pro summer ballclub based in Santa Rosa, Calif., and the 18U team of Laces Baseball Academy in Everett.
James played collegiate baseball for three years, two with Bellevue Community College and one at the University of Washington. In the 2006-2007 school year, he acted as an undergraduate assistant baseball coach at Washington in lieu of playing his senior season.
In the summer of 2013, James was the head coach of the Xenia Scouts, an Athletes in Action organization that plays in the Great Lakes League. He took over as head coach of the Bellingham Bells of the West Coast League and led the Bells to the 2014 league championship. James was named the West Coast League’s Manager of the Year for the 2014 season. The team was also honored with the Jim Dietz Sportsmanship Award under his watch.
James currently lives in Seattle with his wife Darcee and newborn daughter Jorja. He completed his Masters of Education degree with a specialization in Athletic Coaching at North Central University.