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Tuskegee Alum Aaron James ’04 Named Head Football Coach

January 10, 2023

Aaron James with TU President Dr. Charlotte P. Morris, and Athletic Director Reginald Ruffin
Aaron James with TU President Dr. Charlotte P. Morris, and Athletic Director Reginald Ruffin

Contact: Thonnia Lee, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

Aaron James at Press Conference
Aaron James at Press Conference

TUSKEGEE, Ala.— Tuskegee University President Charlotte P. Morris is pleased to introduce Aaron James ’04 as the new head coach of the Golden Tigers. Coach James returned to Tuskegee last year as offensive coordinator.

“I am thrilled to welcome Coach James as our new head coach,” said President Charlotte P. Morris. “His work last season with Athletic Director Reginald Ruffin showed us his dedication to our student athletes and our football program. I look forward to seeing his recruitment efforts this season and how he stacks our team for success next fall.”

Previously, Coach James served as a participant in the NFL Coaching Academy and as the offensive coordinator at Bethune-Cookman. Prior to Bethune-Cookman, he spent nine years at Miles College, where he served as the offensive coordinator, for three years before serving as the quarterback coach. During his time at Miles, 24 of Coach James’ players earned All-SIAC honors in his nine seasons, including 12 First Team and 12 Second Team honorees.

He has been a part of four SIAC championship squads, in 2011, 2015, 2018, and 2019, while also coaching on the 2012 team that made Miles’ first-ever Division II playoff appearance.

“I am excited about an opportunity to share what I’ve learned with my brothers of Tuskegee,” said Coach James. “I am proud of the accomplishments of my former student athletes, and I’d like to see Golden Tigers strengthen as a force in similar ways.” 

Aaron James stands in Abbott Stadium where he played as a Golden Tiger quarterback.
Aaron James stands in Abbott Memorial Alumni Stadium where
he once played as a star quarterback for the Golden Tigers.

Coach James was a star quarterback for Tuskegee from 1998-2001, where he compiled an impressive record of 42-5 as a starter. He has the most wins of any signal-caller in Golden Tigers history. He won three SIAC championships during his career, led the Golden Tigers to a 12-0 season and HBCU National Championship in 2000, was an All-Conference selection after the 2001 season and played professionally for the Alabama Lighting of the NAFL in 2004, where he led the league in passing yards and touchdowns. His 91-yard touchdown run record from scrimmage is atop the Golden Tigers list.
James is a native of Pritchard, Alabama and a graduate of Tuskegee, where he holds a Bachelor’s degree in History. He is married to Rosie James and they have two daughters, Erin Morrissette and Layla James.


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