Meet Coach Jim Barnes – President JB Sports Enterprises and Director American Football Worldwide
Jim Barnes coached college football for 25 years at the NCAA Division III level, 16 of those as a head coach. For well-over a decade now, Jim has also served as positive force as an educator and in promoting the growth of American football around the globe. In 2012 he founded American Football Worldwide and since then has lead the efforts to travel teams from the United States, both high school select teams and collegiate teams, on international athletic tours that have delivered tremendous educational and other self-growth benefits along with various team bonding rewards.
Coach Barnes has served as a clinic speaker and coached all-star and select teams in various places in North America, Europe and Africa as well. He also served as the Head Football Coach and Camp Director for IFAF’s (International Federation of American Football) U19 World Team Development Camp. After serving as a quarterback coach at the 2014 camp at IMG in Florida, he was asked to take on an elevated role as Camp Director and Head Coach for the IFAF World Junior Development Team. The 2015 camp, bringing in 100 players from across the world was held for a week in Arlington, Texas and culminated with the World Team taking on a US HS Select team in AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. In the final minute, the World Team fell to the USA 19-13.
Currently, Jim also serves as the coordinator for the American Football Coaches Association in establishing the speaking lineup and agenda for the Association’s national convention held annually in early January.
In his 25 years coaching in the NCAA, Jim had the good fortune of never being part of a losing season. As a head coach he lead his teams to 116 victories and as a player (Augustana College) and a coach (College of Wooster & Augustana College) has been a part of over 200 collegiate victories. Associating with other winning coaches and excellent student-athletes has been a highlight to an excellent coaching career.
As a college head coach, in just five seasons at the College of Wooster Jim ranks 4th in all-time wins (37) and 1st in winning percentage (.740) for those who served over one season. He lead an effort reviving a 1-9 program to a 9-1, co-championship seasons just three years later. In eleven seasons at Augustana, Jim is the 2nd winningest coach in school history and as a head coach had the 6th best overall winning percentage all-time in the rugged College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. His Vikings football teams won three conference championships and competed in the national playoffs twice.
Coach Barnes has served as an offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator and special terms coordinator at various times. His units and individuals within those units have set school single game and season records in over 40 categories. In addition, his units have frequently been ranked nationally.
Jim started international travel in his teens and has always been attracted to the unique education afforded with this opportunity. Coach Barnes has also led American teams into competition in Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Mexico. After serving as a clinic speaker and instructor in countries such as England, France, Denmark, Sweden and Nigeria he is well qualified to talk about how the game of American football is expanding and can be improved upon at the national level in addition to leading teams into international competition. As a long-time career educator and coach, American Football Worldwide is a vocational commitment to maximize a young person’s opportunity to learn about history and a different culture while at the same time developing relationships sharing the joys that come with the great game of American football.