Since 1981, Jim has developed the Masters Swim concept and is currently part owner of the Dallas Aquatic Masters Swim Club, one of the top adult fitness exercise programs in the country. From 1988 - 1990 Jim was responsible for the design and start-up of the Baylor Aquatic Center located at the Baylor-Tom Landry Center in Dallas, Texas. It was the first facility ever built with the primary focus on adult fitness swimming and aquatic medical programming and research. From 1990 through 1999 Jim served as Director of the Baylor Aquatic Center. Since 1998, Jim served as Aquatics Director and Head Varsity Swim Coach at Greenhill School in Dallas, Texas for 17 years. Jim has also excelled in sports having been a consistent champion throughout his swimming career; he has held 10 World records and won 9 World Championships, 14 Masters World Championships, 14 National Titles and 7 N.C.A.A. Titles. As a member of the 1976 U.S.A. Olympic Team, Jim won three gold medals and one bronze medal, and was the first man ever to break 50 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle.
Jim grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and attended Madison East High School where he won six state championships in swimming. He went on to swim for James "Doc" Counsilman at Indiana University where he graduated with honors from the IU School of Business. His senior year he was awarded the Belfour award as the top student athlete in the Big Ten Conference. Jim currently lives in Dallas, Texas with wife Diane and father to five children, Taylor, Chase, Ann, Ellis, and Beau.