James Thompson is from Tempe, Arizona and began his athletic career as gymnast at the age of eight. His experience with tumbling/acro started when he joined Arizona Olympian Gymnastics in 1991. During middle school, he was part of the first male Mesa Jr. High Cheer Team. From his freshman year to his senior year, he was the captain of the Hamilton High Cheer Team. This experience was the catalyst for his coaching career. During his senior year of high school, James was recruited to coach for various traveling cheer companies: UCA, CTC, USA, and some assistance with ASU. To date, he has 19 years of gymnastics coaching experience. James’ hobbies include: studying Philosophy, Astronomy, Physics and Music. His passions are nurtured and enhanced by his lovely wife and two beautiful children!!!!