Jim was born in Brechin, Ontario and moved to Oshawa at an early age. In his early years he played softball and hockey, and later was instrumental, along with his 13 siblings, in starting a slo-pitch league in Durham Region. Jim began his lacrosse career in his early 20's in a recreational league. After his first year, he caught on with the Brooklin Redmen and became part of the 1968 and 1969 Championship Teams. Jim played one year with the Sr. B Windsor Warlocks who captured the Canadian Championship in their Division. Jim also spent some time coaching the Jr. B Whitby Lasco Steelers.