Jim Stephens
Jim Stephens
Title: Assistant Coach - Defensive Line

Jim Stephens joined the Spartan’s coaching staff in 2016 as an assistant coach, following an outstanding career as a head coach and educator at the University School.  After spending the first two years with the team coaching outside linebackers, he has worked with the defensive linemen since 2018.

Stephens served as the head coach at the University School from 2000 until 2014, going 82-74 during his 15 seasons. The 82 wins rank as the most in the 125-year history of University School football.  Prior to becoming the head coach, he was the assistant varsity football and wrestling coach at the school from 1994-2000, and held numerous coaching positions at Shaker Heights High School, Wickliffe High School, the Laurel School and Phillips Academy over his career.

In addition to his coaching accomplishments, Stephens was an English teacher at the University School for the previous 22 years.  Prior to that, he was the Head of the English Department at the Laurel School from 1998-1994, and was an English teacher at Phillips Academy from 1980-88.

Stephens was a two-year starter at safety for Princeton University, graduating cum laude in 1974 with a degree in English.  He went on to earn his Master of Arts degree in English from Columbia University in 1976, and his Master of Philosophy degree in English from Columbia in 1979, where he was a President’s Fellow.