Career Coaches


Brian James

Year Inducted: 2010

Category: Career Coaches

Schools / Organizations: (Northbrook) Glenbrook North High School
Romeoville High School/Wilmington High School
Northwestern University
NBA:  Wizards, Pistons, Bucks, Raptors

Biography: Brian posted a 311-150 record in 18 years as a high school head coach, including a 139-34 run in 6 seasons at (Northbrook) Glenbrook North High School.  His teams there won 4 IHSA Class AA Regionals and reached the IHSA Elite Eight in 1993 and 1995.  Brian has coached in the NBA for 14 seasons as an assistant with the Detroit Pistons, Topronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, and Milwaukee Bucks.  Brian returned to Illinois in the collegiate ranks as an assistant coach to one of his former players, Chris Collins, at Northwestern University where he helped the Wildcats to their first ever NCAA bid.  Brian is considered one of the best designers of situational plays in the country.