Odell James is in his ninth season on Baylor's operations staff and his
fifth working with Colin Shillinglaw and head coach Art Briles. Previous
to that he spent four seasons (2004-07) as assistant director of football
operations and assistant strength coach.
James, a Houston native and four-year Baylor football letterman (1997-
2000), joined the Baylor staff from Waco's O & K Sports, a company he
founded in August 2002. Prior to that, he spent one academic year (2001-
02) as a teacher and coach in the Waco Independent School District. James
served as the seventh grade basketball coach at Waco's St. Louis Catholic
Middle School during the 2000-01 season, guiding the team to a district
championship, while also working as a personal fitness assistant at
Baylor's McLane Student Life Center.
One of the nation's most highly recruited quarterbacks as a senior at
Houston's Aldine MacArthur High School, earning Bluechip and Super
Prep All-America honors in his final year, James played three seasons at
quarterback for the Bears before moving to free safety his senior year. He
received his bachelor's degree in speech communication and sociology
from Baylor in August 2001 and a master's degree in Sports Leadership
from Duquesne University in December 2010.
James serves as the CEO of O & K Sports, Inc. a non-profit
organization committed to providing athletic, educational, personal
development and spiritual growth opportunities for young student-athletes.
He and his wife, Dr. Kai'Iah James, have five children -- Alexis,
Gabrielle, Solomon, David and Jett.