Former Houston football standout Al James enters his seventh season as an assistant director of sports performance in 2010-11. In that role, he creates and supervises workout routines for the men's basketball program throughout the season.
James also works closely with the football, women's basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer and men's and women's track and field teams.
James was an award-winning member of the offensive line from 2000 to 2003. He was the Cougars' starting center for three seasons and served as team captain as a sophomre. James also helped lead the Cougars to their first bowl game in nearly 20 years at the 2003 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl.
However, James' collegiate accomplishments weren't limited to the playing field. He was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as vice president of the Student-Advisory Committee for Residential Life and Housing.
In addition, he received the George Bush Kiwanis Sports Hero Award for community service throughout Houston.
Following his playing days, James received his bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in kinesiology from Houston in 2004.
He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and the USA Weightlifting Association. James also is certified as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Strength and Conditioning specialist and by the USA Weightlifting Sports Performance.
He and his wife Felicia have a daughter Ebony. The family lives in Houston.