Hails from Austin, Texas. He started rowing at the Texas Rowing Center in 6th grade. After rowing at TRC for 7 years James went to Franklin & Marshall College. At F&M James was a three-time all Mid-Atlantic Conference team member.
In 2017 James moved to Seattle to train with Conal Groom at the Seattle Rowing Center. In his time at SRC James was a two-time USRowing National Team member. In 2018 he stroked the Lightweight Men’s 4x and in 2019 he was bow of the Lightweight Men’s 2-. James has been preparing for Olympic Trials in the Santa Barbara area as a founding member of Mission Rowing and currently resides in Santa Barbara, Ca.