Jim joined the Wildcat Hockey coaching staff for the 2012 – 2013 season. He comes to us from Chicago where he grew up playing hockey in USA Hockey leagues and played four (4) years of varsity hockey at Fenwick High School, Oak Park, IL. Jim was recruited by and was looking forward to a collegiate career at NCAA DIII St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, but a severe injury requiring extensive medical attention changed his course and he played club hockey at Illinois State University, Normal, IL.
Jim earned his Masters Degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University (MSU), 1990, where his emphasis area was sports psychology. He was involved with sport psychology services with the MSU Spartan Hockey Program and was a research assistant for the study of Collective Team Efficacy conducted within the former Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Jim also served as a certified coaches’ education instructor and curriculum designer and conducted workshops for USA Hockey, the US Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, various NCAA institutions, The Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (MSU) and the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA).
Jim was an assistant and head coach for the ACHA DI Lehigh University Mountain Hawks, Bethlehem, PA and an assistant coach for the University of Pennsylvania Quakers, Philadelphia, PA. He was Program Manager for the Challenging Athletes’ Minds for Personal Success (CHAMPS) program, Department of Athletics, Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus, OH. He also provided sport psychology services for the OSU Buckeyes NCAA DI Men’s Hockey Team. Jim’s primary roles with Wildcat Hockey include team and individual sport psychology education services as well as team and individual in-game statistical recording and analyses.