Anthony James begins his fifth season with the Pitt women's soccer program as its Volunteer Assistant Coach. James has a combined 21 years of women's soccer coaching experience, including 13 years at the collegiate level. In previous appointments, he has served as the head coach at both Youngstown State (2004-08) and West Virginia Wesleyan (2000-04) and as a graduate assistant at his alma mater Wheeling Jesuit (1994-97).
James currently works as the Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Soccer Vision Academy. He established the academy during the spring of 1998 in Wheeling, W.Va. Most recently, James spent time enhancing his coaching credentials with international trips to Spain and Brazil. While in both countries, James was able to study the youth academies of Real Madrid, Athletico Madrid and Getafe in Spain and Flamengo, Botafogo, Fluminense and Tigres FC in Brazil.
Previously, James served as the head women's soccer coach at Youngstown State for five seasons. In 2008, the Penguins experienced their most successful season at the NCAA Division I level while winning their first ever Horizon League postseason match. During his tenure, five of his players were named to Horizon League All-Conference teams. His 2007 squad, which showcased his most talented recruiting class, was honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for maintaining a team grade point average of 3.09.
He is formerly an assistant coach with the United States Under-14 Girl's National Team and is currently the head coach of the Ohio North 1997 Girl's Olympic Development Program state team. Currently, James is also the assistant coach of the Region I U-13 Girl's ODP team.
In 2000, James became the head women's soccer coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College where he guided the Bobcats to a 55-25-3 overall record along with two West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. For his efforts, he received WVIAC Coach of the Year awards in both 2001 and 2003. In 2003, he led Wesleyan to a 16-3-2 record. During his four-year tenure, James also coached two All-Americans, two conference players of the year and two rookies of the year.
James began his collegiate coaching career in 1994 as a graduate assistant at Wheeling Jesuit University. He later established himself as one of the elite high school coaches in West Virginia when he took over the Wheeling Park High School varsity program in the fall of 1997. He guided his teams to back-to-back state championships (1998 and 1999) and also experienced an undefeated season in 1999. For his efforts, he was honored as a two-time West Virginia High School Coach of the Year award winner.
During his time in West Virginia, James worked at the state ODP level and joined the Region I staff in 1999 as a senior staff coach with the girl's program. He was later named head coach of the U-13 girl's program in 2004. In 2005 he was named to the Region I staff to take an ODP team to Barbados to compete internationally against teams from Barbados and other Caribbean countries. Recently, he was included on the Region I staff to participate in the U.S. Youth Soccer Regional ODP Girls 2012 event in Costa Rica with the 1997 Region I Girl's ODP team. From 2005-08, James worked with the U.S. Soccer Under-14 Girls National Team pool camp in California.
James earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Wheeling Jesuit in 1994. He earned a Masters of Business Administration in 1997.
A native of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, James holds a USSF "A" License, NSCAA Premier Diploma and USSF Youth License. He resides in Western Pennsylvania with his wife Andrea and their two sons Antoni and Arion.
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