The Minority Coaches Association has named Allen University’s Coach James one of the top NAIA coaches in the country. Coach James is entering his seventh season at Allen University his first four years he was the head women's basketball coach in which he led the Lady Yellow Jackets to Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) conference championship in 2015-16 in just his second year at the helm. Coach James was also named A.I.I. Coach of the Year in 2015-16. In his final season as the women's coach he led them to their first 20-win season in school history and they made it to the semifinal of the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC).

In 2018, Coach James took over the Men's program and they won 15 games in his first year with a win over NCAA Division II and CIAA member Fayetteville State. In his second year the Yellow Jackets won 18 games and finished tied for third place in the AAC. They also knocked of two national ranked teams Union College #12 and Voorhees College #18. Coach James has coached two players to NAIA All-American Status-Kamya Thomas and Vernon Jackson.

"I'm definitely honored and grateful for this acknowledgement from the MCA. I want to thank our President Dr. Ernest McNealey and his Administration staff for all the help they provide. I also want to thank my co-workers in the Athletic Department for their support current and former staff. I have to thank the current and former players for buying in on what we are doing in AU Athletics. Finally, all my assistants that have helped me voluntarily Charles Eubanks, Levelle Gerald, and Shawn Jones.

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