Jim joined the Miners front office staff on March 1, 2016 following a successful 24-year career as a General Manager of running MLB affiliated Appalachian League professional baseball teams in nearby Princeton, five seasons as a Cincinnati Reds affiliate and the last 19 as an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.
He had a long string of honors while leading the Princeton franchise as its General Manager. In 1992, he originated the idea of the nationally known Mercer Cup, a trophy that has since been awarded annually to the winner of the Princeton-Bluefield regular season series. In 1993, he was named Appalachian League Executive of the Year for that season. To date, he is the only person in Appalachian League history to be a five-time winner of the Appalachian League Award of Promotional Excellence (2002, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012). This honor is given annually to the individual who is determined by a vote of Appalachian League executives to best promote and publicize his team while also having an attractive promotional schedule for his team’s games. His career in the pros culminated with him receiving the Appalachian League President’s Award in December, 2015 for his long-term service to the game. He was the Corporate Secretary for the Appalachian League from 2002-2012 and a former member of that league’s executive committee. He was named by the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce as it’s 2012 “Citizen of the Year.”
He is a native of Dunbar, WV, where he was a two-sport letterman at Dunbar High School. He graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Charleston (WV) in 1980. Jim resides in Athens, WV with his wife Judy. Their son Warren is Director of Creative Services for the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, FL.