Stan James - 1995
Stan James was born in Hunter,
Arkansas and graduated from Stamps High School. While at Stamps High, James
lettered in basketball, baseball, and football his junior and senior years.
James attended the University or
Arkansas at Monticello starting in 1957, receiving his Bachelor of Science
Degree in 1961. While at the University he participated and lettered in
basketball and baseball. Upon his graduation in May 1961, he accepted a
fellowship with the University of Tennessee Physical Education Department in
Knoxville, Tennessee. Stan graduated from the University of Tennessee in May
1962 with a Masters of Science Degree. He also has additional graduate study
with Troy State University and Auburn University.
In August 1962, Stan accepted a
coaching position with the Tullahoma, Tennessee City Schools System as a
basketball coach and assistant football coach. In August 1967, James accepted a
coaching and teaching position with Yancey State Junior College (which is now
Faulkner State Community College) in Bay Minette, Alabama.
Under his leadership at Faulkner
State, the baseball program was originated in 1968and until he stopped coaching
baseball in 1982 had accumulated over 300 wins along with eight AJCC Southern
Division Championship, one Regional Championship, and nine Southern Division
Baseball Coach of the Year Awards. Many of his players went on to play at
four-year schools, and nine were drafted by professional teams.
The Women’s basketball program
began in 1975 and under his leadership accumulated over 200 wins with two State
Championships, six Southern Division titles and six Southern Division Coach of
the Year Awards. Faulkner State also finished sixth in the nation in 1977 and
set a national scoring record (most points scored by two teams) that remains
In 1983, Faulkner State initiated
their Women’s Softball program and under Coach James’ direction the team has
never experienced a losing season. The softball program has finished in third
place in the National Softball Tournament three times and won the State Softball
Championship three consecutive years in 1985, 1986, 1987. Stan has received
three Region 22 Softball Coach of the Year Awards. At the end ’94 season, the
softball teams had a 353 to 170 win-loss record.
The women’s volleyball program
began at Faulkner State in 1987 and under Coach James’ leadership won the
Regional Championship in 1989, finished second in the District Nine Playoffs and
Stan was names Region 22 Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1989.
Stan James received the City of Bay
Minette, Alabama’s Distinguished Service Award in 1973. He was recognized in
1975 with an Outstanding Educators of America Award for contributions to the
advancement of higher education and community service. The Faulkner State
Baseball field was named in his honor in 1975, and 1979 the Woodsmen of the
World presented him their Distinguished Family and Youth Community Service
Award. Coach James has three children: Kimberly Lynn, Steven Palmer, Christopher
Wayne; and two grandchildren.
Although Coach James has received
many outstanding awards and recognition, perhaps the most significant point of
his coaching career at Faulkner State is the fact that he has been named Coach
of the Year in four major junior college athletic programs, baseball, women’s
basketball, women’s softball and women’s volleyball with all of these teams
winning state and regional titles under his leadership.
During Stan James’ coaching career
his teams have accumulated over one thousand victories, truly a remarkable