Jim is a native of Oak Cliff, Texas and still lives in Oak Cliff today. He began swimming with the AAU Age group team Oak Cliff Swim Club at the age of 8. He has been a long time Masters swimmer holding several USMS 50 free records and several relay records. He was a member of the SWAM club at the Cooper Fitness Center and began coaching Masters in 1994. He currently coaches for DAM at the Cooper Center. He is married and has adult children.