Recruiting Areas: Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts (Eastern)
Scott James is in his second season on the Holy Cross football coaching staff in 2019, serving as the defensive coordinator. During the 2018 campaign, James led a unit that ranked third in the Patriot League in scoring defense (26.0 points/game).
Prior to joining the Crusaders, James spent five seasons as the safeties coach at the University of New Hampshire from 2013-2017. During that time, he helped the Wildcats to an overall record of 46-22 with five trips to the NCAA playoffs. New Hampshire won the Colonial Athletic Association championship in 2014, while advancing to the NCAA semifinals in 2013 and 2014. James also coached a pair of All-CAA selections in Manny Asam (2013) and Pop Lacey (2016).
Previously, James served as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of New Haven from 2009-2012, with the team posting an overall record of 34-10 during that time. In 2012, he helped the Chargers to an undefeated regular season, as they beat all of their Division II opponents for the second-straight year and claimed a third-consecutive Northeast-10 Conference championship. James’ defense ranked third nationally in total defense (274.4 yards/game), fourth in scoring defense (14.0 points/game) and fourth in rushing defense (81.7 yards/game). His defense previously ranked first in the Northeast-10 in passing defense in 2011 (192.6 yards/game) and sacks in both 2010 and 2011.
Other coaching stops for James include time at Northeastern (2005-2007 / outside linebackers), Boston College (2003-2004 / defensive graduate assistant), Holy Cross (2002 / defensive line), Albany (2001 / defensive tackles) and Norwich (1999-2000 / defensive line).
James is a 1999 graduate of Norwich with a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine. He went on to earn master’s degrees from Albany in 2002 and Boston College in 2005. James and his wife, Rebekah, reside in South Berwick, Maine, with their son, Caiden.