President of Future Stars Sports Academy, Jim has been involved in sports for over thirty years as both a player and a coach. He is the founder and creator of the Future Stars Sports Educational Program featuring The Future Stars Lessons of Life Educational Program, a comprehensive youth character development curriculum. In September, 2000 he was selected as America's Most Caring Coach by USA Today Weekend Magazine. In 2001 he was the recipient of the Central Connecticut YMCA Strong Kids Award. In 2003 he was voted one of the top 100 most influential people in Connecticut High School Sports. In 2017 he received the Outstanding Sportsman Award. His sports/educational program has been featured in the New York Times and he has lectured and presented his program for the Frank McGuire Foundation, The After School Corporation (TASC), the National Alliance For Youth Sports (NAYS) and Youth Basketball of America (YBOA). His program has been featured in both the New York Times and USA Today. Jim has most recently been named as a member of the World Kindness USA National Advisory Board in the field of athletics.
Jim has authored two articles, “Parents, Children and Sports”, and “Scholar Athletes” which was published by the state governing agency the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC),
Jim is a graduate of Fairfield University and Quinnipiac School of Law. While an attorney he handled and tried many cases to verdict including the defense of one of the first capital death penalty cases in Connecticut. He later was appointed by the State Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles as an administrative judge in charge of DUI hearings. During those years he was also the head coach for Masuk High School in Monroe, receiving the New York Daily News Coach of the Year Award. He also served as an assistant coach at the University of Bridgeport under New England's all-time winningest basketball coach, Bruce Webster. While at UB he coached and became close personal friends with NBA player and humanitarian, Manute Bol. He has been an assistant coach at St. Joseph High School under the State of Connecticut's all-time winningest coach, Vito Montelli, and assisted in the McDonald's All American game in Indianapolis in 1991.
He has devoted himself to the Future Stars Children's Foundation of which he serves as Executive Director and the Future Stars Sports Educational Program. In addition to developing the nationally recognized “Lessons of Life” curriculum he also developed sports related math and language arts workbooks and has presented the program to thousands of children. Through his involvement with Future Stars Jim is able to share his sports knowledge along with his concern for children.
Jim and his wife Kim have four sons and reside in Newport Beach, California