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has been involved in sports for over thirty years as both a player and coach.
He is presently the Athletic Director at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, CT. In September 2000, he was selected as America's "Most Caring Coach" by USA Today Weekend Magazine.
In 2001, he
was the recipient of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA "Strong Kid's Award".
In 2003, he
was voted one of the top 100 most influential people in Connecticut High School Sports.
sports/educational program has been featured in the New York Times
has lectured and presented his
program for the Frank McGuire Foundation
, The After School Corporation
("TASC"), the National Alliance For Youth Sports
("NAYS") and Youth Basketball
of America ("YBOA").
program has been featured in both the New York Times
and USA Today
Jim attended Fairfield University and Quinnipiac School of Law.
During those years, he was also the head coach of Masuk High School in Monroe, receiving the New York Daily News "Coach of the Year" Award.
After graduating from law school, he
also served as an assistant coach at the University of Bridgeport
under New England's all-time winningest basketball coach, Bruce Webster.
has been an assistant coach at St. Joseph High School
under the State of Connecticut's all-time winningest coach, Vito Montelli and assisted in the McDonald's All American game in Indianapolis in 1991, where he
coached NBA All Star, Grant Hill.
Jim has recently retired from his law practice of twenty years to devote himself to the Future Stars Children's Foundation of which he serves as Executive Director.
involvement with Future Stars
and as Athletic Director at St. Joseph High School
is able to share his
sports knowledge along with his
concern for children.
wife, Kim, have four boys and reside in Shelton, CT.
"Coach Olayos has been a mentor to me for a very long time, since my days of playing for Coach Montelli at St. Joseph High School.
That is the aphorism offered by ...
That is the aphorism offered by Jim Olayos of Shelton, President of Future Stars Sports Academy.Jim has been involved with sports as both a player and coach for over thirty years and knows that there is a valuable connection between sports and life lessons for young athletes.A recently-retired lawyer, Jim now devotes his time to the Future Stars Children's Foundation as the Executive Director and the Future Stars Sports Academy as its President.
For about 12 years, Jim
has been instilling athletes with the fundamental principles to succeed in both sports and in life.Just one reason he
was selected as America's "Most Caring Coach" in 2000 by USA Today Weekend Magazine
The sports/educational program known as Future Stars Academy
started with basketball, then expanded to football, lacrosse, baseball, cheerleading, softball, soccer and beyond.Along the way, Jim
added an 18-point life-lesson program, which includes educating young athletes about the dangers of substance abuse and about maintaining health.According to Jim
, the academy is all about fundamentals.
"I saw at a really young level that there were a few kids that were good and a few that watched," says Jim
, who says he
saw a chance to help each athlete enjoy the game - not just the handful of naturally gifted players."We developed a curriculum in a fun-based environment which took off."Jim
began Future Stars
as a series of clinics originally, providing equipment, uniforms and prizes to reward the athletes, "because the kids love getting stuff," he
says, "and the parents love it because [the athletes] are taught the fundamentals, with a short lesson at the end about respect and responsibility with a small homework assignment."
A father of four boys, Jim
has seen his
own sons move through what some might call the learning stages in sports.Yet he
knows better, knows that learning doesn't end no matter if it's basketball or baseball, lacrosse or life itself.
"Everything is in sports terms, which the kids love," says Jim
."For example, 'School: Your free-throw to life.'"
In 2007, Jim plans on tackling the next age group, a task which has led him to join with a popular Madison sports institution, the Slamma Jamma Basketball Camps.
"When kids are young, you need to maintain their interest, develop their skills," he
In order to continue teaching the fundamentals of both basketball and life, Jim
and friend Leary merged their endeavors into the Future Stars/Slamma Jamma basketball program for boys and girls ages 9 to 14.For someone who has coached at the high school level (at Masuk High in Monroe) and in college (as an assistant under the University of Bridgeport's legendary Coach Bruce Webster), Jim recognizes what lies ahead of the boys and girls in his clinics athletically.
..."I was impressed with how Jim approached teaching basketball with life lessons to make a complete recreational experience for young kids," says Linda LaSance, Assistant Director of the Madison Beach and Recreation Dept. In 1998, the department saw Jim's Future Stars Academy booth at the Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Trade Show.
, fundamentals are essential in both sports and in life, and his
goal for years has been to ensure that Connecticut youth understands that.With both the academy and the merger with Slamma Jamma, Jim
will continue to help young athletes become Future Stars
both on and off the court.
Mr. James N. Olayos '76
Director for Advancement
...Jim Olayos, President of Future Stars, has been involved in basketball for over 30 years as both a player and coach.As a player, he was the Captain of St. Joseph High School basketball team in Trumbull, CT, where he received all league recognition along with former Los Angeles Laker, Wes Matthews, and Big East stars and NBA draft choices John Garris and Mike McKay. Jim attended Fairfield University and Quinnipiac School of Law.During those years he was also the head coach of Masuk High School in Monroe, receiving the prestigious New York Daily News Coach of the Year Award.After graduating from law school, he also served as an assistant coach at University of Bridgeport under New England's all-time winningest basketball coach, Bruce Webster.He has been an assistant coach at St. Joseph High School under the State of Connecticut's all-time winningest coach, Vito Montelli, and assisted in the McDonald's All American game in Indianapolis in 1991, where he coached NBA All Star, Grant Hill. Jim
has been very active in the community coaching basketball and lecturing at various camps and clinics for the past 10 years.Through his
involvement with Future Stars
is able to share his
basketball knowledge along with his
concern for the children in the community.
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