Mark James

Head Football Coach
Virginia Union University

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James is in his third season as Head Coach for the Panthers. Mark James became Virginia Union University's 26th Head Football Coach on January 21, 2014. 
 
James joined the Panther coaching staff prior to the 2013 season as the defensive line coach, and he's in his sixth season overall coaching at the collegiate level.
 
James has made several coaching stops along his way to Virginia Union.  He was a Head Coach for nine years at two major high schools in south Florida.  James was able to build powerhouse programs that gained national recognition for producing some of the top division I prospects and several NFL players.
In his tenure he has worked with a number of successful past and present NFL players.   His list of NFL players coached includes Patrick Simms, Louis Holmes, Stanley Mcglover, Leonard Hankerson, Major Wright, Hanik Milligan, Daryl Mcglover and Super bowl winning Josh Bynes.
 
He started his coaching career as a high school defensive assistant at Coconut Creek in 1997.  In 1998, James made the decision to attend Virginia Union University after transferring from University of Louisville.  Upon graduation from Virginia Union University in 2000, he returned back to the south Florida area to return to his coaching pathway.
 
James was the Head coach at Dillard High in 2003-2005. From 2005-2011 he was the Head coach at Boyd Anderson where James won three district championships and lead the team to become the school’s all-time winningest football coach.   James has also had short stints at Norfolk State University (Linebackers) and St. Paul’s College in 2011(Offensive Coordinator).  His thumb print in south Florida athletics is that he is known for placing the most players in college in an eight-year period than any other program in the state of Florida. James was a defensive lineman at University of Louisville from 1990-1993 and Virginia Union University from 1998-2000.
 
He earned a degree in history from VUU in 2000.   James was named the National VUU Alumni of the Year in 2007.  He earned his Masters degree in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University and is scheduled to earn his PhD in higher education administration in 2016.
 
James is married to Adia Middleton-James (Former two-sport athlete at VUU ’99). He and his wife Adia have three children, Dane, Malik, and Mark Jr.
 
2014 James Files:
Black Sports Network Rookie Coach of the Year
HSRN Newcomer of the Year Award
Coached three-time All American Charles Davis
Five All-CIAA selections
Finished with #1 Passing Offense/#2 Defense in the CIAA
Finished 5th in HBCU Polls
Winningest first year Head Coach in VUU History
 
2015 James Files:
Coached Two-All Americans(Addison Hayes/Dahon Taylor)
Dahon Taylor signs with NY Jets
Finished with #1 Offense/Defense in CIAA
Finished regular season as the #1 Defense in Division 2 
Ranked as high as #1 in HBCU polls throughout season
Reached NCAA playoffs for first time in 24 years
VUU Football Ranked 10th Nationally in D-II Attendance
Holland Named CIAA Offensive Rookie of the Year
Shawheem Dowdy Wins Lanier Award