James Jones was raised in Michigan. He attended Fremont High School, where he participated in Cross Country and Track and Field. James was a All State and Championship runner in high school for both sports.
James received an athletic scholarship to attend Aquinas College, where he he competed on both the Track and Cross Country teams. He was a member of Aquinas College National Cross Country Runner Up Team. He was also a member of 4 National Academic National Championship teams.
James graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation along with History. Additionally, he earned his teaching certificate while attending Aquinas College. James has coached for the past 10 years at high school levels from 1A-4A, as well as a 2-year stint at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona.
James is currently the head coach at Palo Verde High School. He has been coaching for Zona since the 2017 season.