Jamie was born in Vancouver, BC and grew up in Burnaby, BC. He attended Vancouver College High School where he was a multi-sport athlete (Football, Soccer, Wrestling, Basketball, Track and Field). Jamie had several scholarship opportunities throughout Canada and the United States; but ultimately made the decision to stay home and play football on a full scholarship to the University of British Columbia. Jamie`s dad, Mike, who has been Jamie`s greatest mentor throughout his life has always played an integral role at a teacher, coach, dad and friend. During the process Mike asked Jamie, `Are you done scoring touchdowns.....` and in that moment the decision was made. Although Jamie had opportunities to play Free Safety and Kick and Punt in the US, there were more opportunities to be had in Canada as Jamie was recruited as a Free Safety, Kicker, Punter, Running Back, Kick Returner and Punt Returner. Jamie finished his University career at the University of Manitoba and finished as the only player in history to earn All Canadian honours at 3 different positions (Free Safety, Kicker, Punter). He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2001 CFL draft by the BC Lions. He was traded twice (to Winnipeg, and Hamilton) before he played his first season in 2004. He was traded in 2007 to the Saskatchewan Roughriders where they won the Grey Cup, and in 2009 was named a team captain. He retired as the All time single season kickoff avg record holder.
Jamie retired in 2012 after he tore his ACL for the 3rd time and moved to Kelowna to coach the Okanagan Sun football team. During that season he met his wife (Stacey), over the next several years Jamie moved between Vancouver and Kelowna with different teaching opportunities and Athletic Director roles. Jamie and his wife Stacey live in West Kelowna with their 2 children, hopefully we will see them on the field soon. In 2018 he accepted the job of Head Coach of the Okanagan Sun football team and began his first season in the summer of 2019. In 2021 he and the team were honoured by being awarded the BCFC Coach of the Year.
Jamie had a vision when he took over the Okanagan Sun, and that was to build a strong football team by developing a strong community. From his teaching and coaching careers he had a vision to help develop the football community, and from this formed what has become the Okanagan Football Academy. The Academy is here to support grass roots and high school football players in their football journey. To give the players that we coach better experiences than the great ones that our coaches were given throughout their careers. The Academy continues to grow and in July 2021 had 2 teams win Western National Championships. The Academy will continue to look for the best ways to support the football community and provide great learning and competitive opportunities for the players in the Okanagan.