James Ware Named Top Assistant at Santa Clara

James Ware, former director of Basketball Operations for the Minnesota Gopher men's basketball program, has been named the top assistant at Santa Clara. Ware served the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Utah State.

James Ware was involved in all phases of the day-to-day operations of the men's basketball program as the Director of Basketball Operations and had been an important part of the team's Minnesota recruiting efforts.

Ware was responsible for team budgetary matters, academic development, dining and housing contracts and serves as the director of Dan Monson's summer basketball camps.

Ware helped recruited Minnesota natives Bryce Webster and Stavon Williams to Utah State. Webster is not expected to enroll at Utah State.

Ware played in two state tournaments for Hopkins High School and was an all-state and all-metro selection his senior year, as well as being a Mr. Basketball finalist. During his three years of playing for Coach Ken Novak Jr., Hopkins compiled a 75-5 record.

Ware started his college career at Colorado State, but transferred to Midland (TX) CC. He became a two-year starter at Texas Tech and was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2000 and was an All-Big 12 Academic second-team selection. From 2000-03, Ware was an assistant coach for Hopkins, coaching Utah Jazz forward and former Gopher Kris Humphries and current Golden Gopher Dan Coleman.

Ware had served as the program coordinator for the Work Study Program at the University of Minnesota since January of 2001. He was responsible for all aspects of the Work Study Program, including monitoring student eligibility for work study employment and orienting students, parents and departments to the Work Study Program. He also managed the community service program, which developed student participation and networked with Twin Cities non-profit organizations.

Ware graduated from Texas Tech with a Bachelors of Arts degree and earned his Master's of Education and Human Development, with an emphasis in Sports Management from the University of Minnesota in August of 2003.

Ware and his wife, Tamika, have two sons, Jimmy and J.J.

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