James Ware is entering his second season as an assistant coach at Utah State University. Ware joined the staff in August, 2006 and has made an immediate impact upon his arrival. In his first season at USU, Ware hit the ground running in the area's of recruiting, academics, opposing team scouts, game preparation and player development as he worked with both guards and post players. Ware's transition has been very natural since he played for Coach Morrill and Verlin at Colorado State.
Prior to joining the Utah State staff, Ware spent the previous three seasons as the Director of Basketball Operations at the University of Minnesota for head coach Dan Monson. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Hopkins (Minn.) High School from 2000-03, where he coached Kris Humphries who went on to earn All-American honors at Minnesota before being drafted in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz.
Ware began his collegiate career at Colorado State University for then head coach Stew Morrill before transferring to Midland (Texas) Junior College for one season. He was then a two-year starter at Texas Tech University and earned honorable mention all-Big 12 honors in 2000, along with being named academic all-conference.
Ware prepped at Hopkins (Minn.) High School where he was an all-state and all-metro selection during his senior season, as well as being a Mr. Basketball finalist in Minnesota. During his three years in high school, Hopkins compiled an overall record of 75-5.
Ware graduated from Texas Tech University in 2000 with a bachelor of arts degree and then earned his master's degree in education and human development with an emphasis in sports management from the University of Minnesota in 2003.
A native of Hopkins, Minn., Ware and his wife Tamika have two sons, Jimmy (5) and J.J. (3).