James Cooper is a native of South Holland, Ill, where, in addition to being an honor roll student, he was a star football and track athlete. Because of his academic and athletic skills, he was recruited to play football at the University of Illinois, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in sports management. Following his undergraduate studies, James also earned a master's degree in High Education administration, which led him to a career in high education in both athletics and student development. James now resides in San Antonio, TX, with his wife and son, where he works for Project Quest, the primer workforce development organization in South Texas.
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