James De Boer has been the Sports Information Director at EMU since 2009.
In his role at EMU, James is in charge of publicity of the Royals' 17 sports and the athletics website. He is a member of both the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and the Virginia State Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID), where he also serves as the Online Awards Administrator.
"I really enjoy working at EMU," James says. "I enjoy telling the stories of our student-athletes and promoting them in various avenues, and I also enjoy the ability to work closely with students. Knowing the athletes, and being able to get involved in their lives and have them be involved in mine is very rewarding. The college years are such a significant time in a person’s life, and telling the story of students and their growth through the athletic sphere is one of the facets which draws me to sports information and EMU. I also work with a very supportive AD in Dave King and have great co-workers. It's really a great environment."
Since taking over the already successful SID office at Eastern Mennonite, James has overseen the transition to a third-party website (hosted by Presto Sports), launched highly-viewed live webcasts of Royals sporting events and added social media accounts. Other highlights for the office have included a dunk from men's basketball player David Falk being selected for ESPN's Top Ten plays and women's basketball player Jess Rheinheimer becoming just the second junior ever to win the prestigious Jostens Trophy.
James was selected as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference SID of the Year for 2012-13. He also served as the President of the ODAC Sports Information Directors from 2011-13.
During the summer, his voice can occasionally be heard doing public address at Harrisonburg Turks baseball games. James also possesses experience in broadcasting after serving as a sports broadcaster for the Waynesboro Generals of the Valley Baseball League in 2007, and as a sports show and game producer for WSFZ radio in Jackson, Miss. In addition, he broadcast a wide range of sports in both high school and college levels for KSOU/KIHK radio in Sioux Center, Ia., and still does play-by-play when he can for the Royals.
Before coming to EMU, he served as a volunteer assistant to the Sports Information office at Bridgewater College. James also worked for the Daily News Record and Valley Banner newspapers as a graphic artist with emphasis in ad design, page layout, and special advertising projects.
While completing his undergrad at Dordt College, James worked in the sports information office and served as an Associate Sports Director in charge of daily sports reports, website updating, and play-by-play analysis for Defender athletics. He also holds a graduate certificate in Christian Education from the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Miss.
James lives in Bridgewater, Va., with his wife Sarah, and their twin son and daughter, Isaac and Harper.