James started powerlifting at the age of 14 building a great foundation of strength. He spent his undergraduate days at UNCW while earning a BS in Exercise Science. During that time, he found the sport of weightlifting and decided to make the step to convert from a powerlifter to full-time weightlifter. In June 2012 James joined Team MDUSA in hopes of making the Olympics in 2016. During that time James went from a relatively unknown name in the sport to becoming a serious contender for an Olympic spot. Although he did not make the Olympic Team in 2016 he has his eyes set on 2020 and now competes for East Coast Gold Weightlifting!
James has a unique background which gives him a wealth of knowledge with movement and strength. James is currently coaching an online team of weightlifters, he has started a youth weightlifting program, he is part of the USAW sports medicine team as a massage therapist (lmbt#15976), and he also spends time traveling across the nation teaching and coaching the ins and outs of weightlifting in his seminars. After James finishes competing in weightlifting he plans on promoting the sport of weightlifting in North Carolina and give youth/junior athletes more opportunity to participate in the sport of weightlifting.