James earned his bachelors degree in Kinesiology from Saint Marys College which was also when he started his coaching career in athletics and the fitness industry. During his undergraduate studies, James worked as a sports performance coach at Velocity Sports Performance in Concord, CA while he also coached football at his alma mater in Fresno, CA . James went on to earn his Masters of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. During his time at Cal Poly, James was a teaching assistant in exercise physiology and biomechanics while also assisting the strength and conditioning department.
James returned to the bay area in 2010 and has been coaching CrossFit ever since. In addition to group classes at CrossFit Sweat Shop, he is the On-Ramp Coordinator and also trains and programs for clients privately. James has coached athletes in preparation and during competition at the Regional and Games levels and competed on the Sweat Shop regional team in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
James has a deep passion for coaching and teaching people of all levels, regardless of where they are in their fitness or athletic journey.