Jim played basketball as a starter for 3 years, the only Sophomore starter on the ’50-’51 team that won the City and the District. He was the leading scorer in the championship game against Chaminade. Stivers was ranked #1 in the State in 1953 final Associated Press poll. Jim was an All-City basketball player at Stivers High.
He attended the University of Louisville. He was the 11th player in their history to score over 1000 points. When he graduated the school retired his number. Jim was inducted into the University of Louisville Hall of Fame. The Syracuse “Nationals” drafted him into the NBA.
He coached at Stebbins High for 9 years, during which time they won 70+% of their games. He started training Thoroughbred horses in 1966. He was the All-Time leading trainer in Ohio. Jim was nominated for the Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga, NY in 2005.