Dan James

Executive Director, Seattle


Dan James became a member of the USTA’s national wheelchair coaching staff in 1998 as the assistant coach at World Team Cup. James was the men’s head coach in 1999-2005, 2007-2015 and the junior coach of the 2016 team that won a world championship. In 2003 he joined the USTA full time as the National Manager of Wheelchair Tennis running the training program for all teams as well as managing all grassroots initiatives. He was the men’s head coach at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney, Australia, head coach for the 2004 games in Athens, 2008 games in Beijing, 2012 Games in London, as well as the 2016 games in Rio. He was also head coach at the 2007, 2011, and 2015 Parapan American Games. His teams have won 25 medals including 9 gold. James is a member of the ITF Wheelchair Coach’s Commission, and a member of the ITF Wheelchair Advisory Panel. In that capacity he has done development work in Tanzania, Kenya, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Ghana. James was the US Open Wheelchair Competition tournament director (Grand Slam). He was named 2002 Minnesota Pro of the Year by the PTR, was named the 2003 Wheelchair Tennis Champion by Racquet Sports Industry Magazine, 2004 Northern Division Professional of the Year with the USPTA, the 2011 USOC Paralympic Tennis Coach of the Year, and the 2007 and 2011 International Wheelchair Tennis Coach of the year with the International Wheelchair Tennis Association. James resides in Seattle, WA.

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