Stephen James – CPT

stephen JamesStephen James was born and raised in Westlake. In high school, he played basketball, football, soccer and baseball. He was a 4-year starter and 3-year captain of the varsity soccer team. In his junior year, he was voted team MVP in soccer and baseball. His senior year was very limited as he suffered a torn ACL in August during the soccer preseason.

Despite this adversity, he attended Ashland University where he continued his baseball career and began following his interest in the human body. Stephen’s career is highlighted by his senior year in which he garnered a number of honors. His honors began within his conference as he earned First-Team All-Conference Honors in addition to Conference Player of the Year as he nearly won the conference Triple Crown. He led the GLIAC in Runs Scored, Hits, Doubles, Homeruns, RBI, and Slugging Percentage. His performance in the postseason landed him on the GLIAC and Midwest Region All-Tournament teams as well. At a national level, Stephen was named first-team Midwest Region by Daktronics Inc. and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) while being named Midwest Region Player of the Year by the NCBWA. In addition, he was named second-team All-America by the NCBWA and honorable mention All-America by Daktronics.

Academically, Stephen double majored in Exercise Science and Psychology while earning Capital One Division II Academic All-District 4 honors as well as Academic All-America honors. He also performed an independent study in sports psychology that focused on techniques available for teenage athletes. Stephen also interned with the Ashland University Strength and Conditioning Coach A.G. Kruger who is a 4-time Olympian in the Hammer Throw. This internship allowed Stephen to work with the university women’s soccer and volleyball teams for an entire semester. He was involved in the planning, testing and performance of their off-season training programs.

Stephen is a Certified Personal Trainer through ACSM and CPR certified through the American Red Cross. In his spare time, he enjoys playing baseball, working out, watching just about any sport (college or professional), but he especially enjoys rooting on his beloved Cleveland Sports teams.