James is a local product of the Maryland Hockey and one of the first students of Wolfe Goaltending. He began playing goal at the age of 8 for Howard, Tri City and Little Caps playing in Districts, USA Hockey Select Festivals and numerous showcase tournaments. It was this time that James began his tutelage under Jason Wolfe. After a successful youth career, James went on to play at DeMatha Catholic High School. He was able to make Varsity as a freshman and helped lead the Stags to a Maryland Scholastic Hockey League Tier I Championship, becoming the first freshmen to do so. For his efforts, he was recognized as Playoff MVP by his teammates. The following year, he again helped lead his team to another league championship, upsetting favorite Mt. St. Joseph 5-1 with a 39 save effort.
James was recognized as first star of the game. Following up solid high school career, James began playing for the Washington Junior Capitals of the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League. He was able to establish himself as a top goaltending in the league until missing the entire second half of the season with a concussion. Only after half a season of Junior B, James was offered a place on the Walpole Junior Stars (Now South Shore Kings) of the Eastern Junior Hockey League, the premier junior league in the east. In three years with the Stars, James was ranked in the top 5 for both goals against average and save percentage twice and helped lead his team two league semi final appearances. James finally settled on Salem State College and began play there during the 2006- 2007; however an injury slowed him down and forced him to redshirt that season. In his first full season with the team James understudied incumbent starter Ryan Hatch, but was able to post his first college win with a victory over Worcester State and saw his team make an appearance in the ECAC- East Championship game for the first time since 2000. He was also recognized by the NCAA for academic and community excellence. James also played professionally in France.
*Coach LaCour is now working with Wolfe Hockey part time because of his new position of Head Coach of Johnson & Wales University NCAA D3