Jim Walker – President
Jim is the founder and president of Sports Journeys International L.L.C. (SJI) a company specializing in collegiate men’s and women’s basketball team travel to Ireland. Jim was a head men’s basketball coach at the collegiate level for 37 years and did the planning and was tour manager for ten overseas tours for his team over those years. Three of those tours were to Ireland, where he developed a passion for touring the Emerald Island. Jim also helped several other coaches plan their tours to Ireland and the rest of Europe. He has personally toured all of the countries in western Europe and most of those in eastern Europe. Jim was a history teacher and assistant principal (MEd) for 13 years and conducted many student tours for high school students. He was also a high school soccer coach for 9 years and a collegiate tennis head coach for 30 years. He took his tennis team on 15 spring break tennis tours to Florida. He has also traveled in Europe as a tennis player and worked as a tour manager for high school students. Jim was the director of the Greyhound Basketball and Tennis camps for 35 years which enrolled approximately 10,000 campers during those years. Additionally, he served three years as a collegiate director of athletics. His coaching experience, extensive travel experience, and administrative experience have provided him with the expertise and pathway into the sports team travel business.
Jeremy Walker – Managing Director
Jeremy is the Managing Director of Sports Journeys International. He is focused on Individual Tours and Golf Tours. Jeremy spent 8 years as an assistant coach at the collegiate level. While coaching, Jeremy received his MBA in 2012 and worked in the Healthcare Finance industry holding the position of Controller of a mid-level Healthcare Services company before moving to France in 2016. He has been part of 8 international team tours in his lifetime including 1 as a player and 2 as an assistant coach. 2 of the international tours that Jeremy was a part of led him to Ireland. Jeremy also spent 15 years as a camp coach and assistant to the director of Greyhound Basketball and Tennis camps. Since moving to Paris in early 2016 he has continued his expansive European, Asian and African travel experience both with groups and individually which has helped lead him to Sports Journeys International. He has also continued his love for service by teaching English to both students and adults a few times a week.