President of Future Stars Sports Academy, has been involved in sports for over thirty years as both a player and a coach. He is presently the Advancement Director of Notre Dame High School in Fairfield, Connecticut. Previous to his work at Notre Dame, he was the Athletic Director at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, Connecticut. In September, 2000 he was selected as America's Most Caring Coach by USA Today Weekend Magazine. In 2001 he was the recipient of the Central Connecticut YMCA Strong Kids Award. In 2003 he was voted one of the top 100 most influential people in Connecticut High School Sports. His sports/educational program has been featured in the New York Times and he has lectured and presented his program for the Frank McGuire Foundation, The After School Corporation (TASC), the National Alliance For Youth Sports (NAYS) and Youth Basketball of America (YBOA). His program has been featured in both the New York Times and USA Today.
Jim is a graduate of Fairfield University and Quinnipiac School of Law. During those years he was also the head coach for Masuk High School in Monroe, receiving the New York Daily News Coach of the Year Award. After graduating law school, he also served as an assistant coach at the University of Bridgeport under New England's all-time winningest basketball coach, Bruce Webster. He has been an assistant coach at St. Joseph High School under the State of Connecticut's all-time winningest coach, Vito Montelli, and assisted in the McDonald's All American game in Indianapolis in 1991, where he coached NBA All Star, Grant Hill.
Since retiring from his law practice of twenty years he has devoted himself to the Future Stars Children's Foundation of which he serves as Executive Director. Through his involvement with Future Stars and as Director of Athletic Development at Notre Dame High School, Fairfield, CT Jim is able to share his sports knowledge along with his concern for children.
Jim and his wife Kim have four sons and reside in Shelton, Connecticut.
Bob was born in Bridgeport, CT and he moved to Stratford, CT at an early age. In both high school and college, he was an outstanding baseball player. Bob received his undergraduate degree in education from the University of Dayton in Ohio where he was offered a baseball scholarship.After graduation, he returned to Connecticut to begin his teaching and coaching career. He was hired to coach baseball and cross country as well as assist his High School Coach, Vito Montelli as the Junior Varsity Basketball Coach at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, CT. Three years later, Bob accepted the head basketball coaching position at Masuk High School in Monroe, CT. There he accrued many wins and League championships in building a stellar reputation. At Masuk H. S., he coached many fine players, one of which was Mike Gminski. Mike had an outstanding college career at Duke University and then spent fourteen years in the National Basketball Association.
In 1976, he began his college coaching career at Fairfield University. He assisted Fred Barakat for three years. Later he became the Assistant coach at the University of Bridgeport, working with the legendary Bruce Webster. Then in 1981, Bob joined his close friend, Jack Phelan, at the University of Hartford. The school was moving to Division I from a growing Division II Program.
Ten years later, he was offered a life changing opportunity. He became the Global Director of Sales at Anaconda Sports. Years later Anaconda Sports was acquired by Lids Team Sports and then BSN Sports. While working for these three companies, he built a reputation as an outstanding salesman and manager.
In 1976 he earned a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport. His background in teaching, coaching, sporting goods sales and management, put him among the best in his field.
For 50 years, Bob has been married to his loving wife, Lynnette. They have two children, Rob and Danielle. Also, they have 5 Grandchildren.
Jim Fox has dedicated his professional life to two callings: Law Enforcement and Youth Sports.
Jim served as a U.S. Probation Officer in the Eastern District of New York from 1975 to 2004, when he retired. He rose through the ranks from officer trainee to Chief of the Department from 1998 to 2004. He specialized in dealing with career criminals, organized crime figures and sex offenders. The Eastern District of New York U.S. Probation and Parole Department was the fourth largest office in the country, which was responsible for the supervision of over six thousand federal offenders and the preparation of over ten thousand presentence reports each year. He won several awards from the FBI, DEA, US Parole Commission and the NYPP for his work, investigative excellence, and innovation.
Jim has continuously been extremely active in the world of youth sports for the past forty-nine years. He started as a basketball and baseball coach, then he began running basketball programs in Queens as a college student and continues today. His most noteworthy accomplishments have been the founding of Lightning Basketball and the Island Garden Super League. Lightning has grown under Jim’s leadership from one to two hundred fifty teams over the past twenty-seven years and is now the largest AAU program in the country. The Super League began in 1994 with thirty-one teams and has grown to three hundred twenty-five teams this past winter. Jim is also one of the founders and current CEO of the Island Garden Basketball Arena in West Hempstead, New York, which opened its doors in October 1998. Presently, Island Garden hosts team leagues, tournaments, camps and clinics on a year-round basis. The estimated annual attendance at Island Garden is two hundred and fifty thousand people.
Currently, Jim is serving as the Governor and District Boys Basketball Chair of the New York Metropolitan Amateur Athletic Union. The National AAU registration exceeds seven hundred thousand athletes and coaches involved in thirty-six sports. New York AAU has approximately twenty thousand members, of which, over half are involved in boys and girls basketball. Jim is on the National Board of Directors for AAU. Under his leadership, AAU has grown in both total memberships each year (winning consecutive awards for membership) and has ascended to now the sixth largest district in boys basketball membership.
Jim also is the President of JMF Sports Management Consultants, Inc. This corporation works with corporate partners in all areas of youth sports including facility operations, event organization, scheduling, uniform distribution and many other aspects of the industry.
A graduate of St. Francis College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Jim went on to receive his master’s degree from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is currently an adjunct professor at LIU Post, where he teaches courses in Sports Crime, Correctional Philosophy, Deviant Behavior, and Violent Criminal Behavior. He has consulted with AAU and a major law firm on sexual offenses against children.
Jim resides in Long Island, New York with his wife, Pat, who is a retired school principal. He has three children. His daughter Jen is Senior Clinical Registered Nurse who specializes in Oncology at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital. His older son, Jim, is the Head Basketball Coach at Appalachian State in North Carolina. His younger son, Jeff, is an attorney and a college basketball referee.