Meet the Staff: Jim

image2A runner for 45 years, Jim came to Big River upon retiring from a career in education. He spent 17 years in northern Illinois coaching Track and Cross Country, where his teams produced numerous “personal bests”, state championships and all-state runners. After moving to southern Illinois, Jim finished up his career in education as a principal for eight years and and then as a district superintendent for nine years.

A family man, Jim has been married for 34 years and has three children and two grandchildren. He currently calls Waterloo, Illinois home and has had the opportunity to attend every Track and Field Olympic Trials since 1988, a tradition he has also shared with his children. His favorite distance to run is a half marathon! Check out gear by Jim below.

Gear by Jim: 

Training shoe: Adidas Glide Boost, Adidas Ultra Boost and Brooks Launch 2


Racing Shoe: The Brooks Racer ST (I just started racing again)

Favorite Apparel: Nothing comes to mind

Can’t run without: Sunglasses and my Garmin

Nutrition: Starbucks French Roast Dark Coffee (okay, not nutrition, but it sure kick-starts my ole bones in the morning!)