Jim began with the Lions as director of US scouting in January 2022 and works closely alongside Neil McEvoy, Rick Campbell and Ryan Rigmaiden in evaluating talent at the pro and college levels across the United States. After playing defensive back for the University of North Carolina from 1984-88, Jim would go on to play five seasons in the Canadian Football League, beginning with Calgary in 1989 and continuing with stints in Edmonton (1990-91) and Hamilton (1992-93).

Following his playing career, he became a college scout for Pro Football Hall of Fame general manager Bobby Beathard with the San Diego Chargers in 1994. In 2004, he moved to the Cleveland Browns and was promoted in 2006 to be the associate director of college and pro scouting until 2010.

He would return to the Chargers from 2010-14 and then moved on to the New York Jets in 2015 as a national scout where he remained until 2018.  Jim then moved back north to serve as the director of pro scouting with the Toronto Argonauts. He returned home to Charlotte to run his own business for two years before joining the Lions in his current role.

Jim’s father Ray suited up for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1960-61 and was later a CFL head coach for 13 seasons (Edmonton 1970-77, Winnipeg 1978-82), leading the Eskimos to a Grey Cup championship in 1975 and winning the Annis Stukus Trophy as CFL coach of the year in both 1970 and 1980.

Jim played together with his brother Joey at the University of North Carolina and in Hamilton with the Tiger-Cats. He lives with his daughter Sienna in Charlotte, North Carolina.