Jeff James enters his second year at Seattle University as the Director of Baseball Operations. James will arrange team travel, manage team equipment, and perform other duties assigned to him by the coaching staff.
James came to Seattle University from Everett Community College, where he has been an associate head coach and head hitting coach since 2007. 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.
James currently lives in Bellevue, Wash., with his wife Darcee. He is taking classes at North Central University where he is pursuing a Masters of Education degree with a specialization in Athletic Coaching.