He was the coach of the Beatrice Orangemen basketball team for 24 years before being named the head coach at Doane College in 2012. He graduated from Fairbury High School and Doane College, where he competed as a decathlete on the Doane track team.
Both of Jim’s parents were teachers, and he knew from a very young age he wanted to be a teacher and a coach. His successful experiences in teaching and coaching have led to a passion for learning and sharing all he can about leadership, and in helping others to explore the steps to accomplishing their own personal goals and dreams!
Much of what Jim has learned about leadership and achieving goals has come from his coaching experiences. Jim assumed the Beatrice head coaching duties in 1989 and turned around what had been a very unsuccessful program. During his tenure at Beatrice Jim built one of the finest basketball programs in the state. He led Beatrice to 15 State Tournament appearances, 13 Final Fours’, 3 State Championships and 3 State Runner-Up finishes. In his final 18 years at Beatrice, his teams were rated in the top 5 in the Class B final season rankings 17 of those 18 years! During that time, Jim posted over 441 career wins, and won several Coach of the Year awards. In his time at Beatrice, Jim also helped coach the Orangemen track teams to 5 State Championships.
Jim currently teaches a leadership seminar during the summers for Doane College, and conducts a Leadership Academy along with another very successful coach, Don Meyer, winner of the 2009 ESPY Award.
He’s been invited to speak at numerous coaching clinics, service clubs, athletic banquets, businesses, organizations, associations and commencements. Jim says he absolutely loves to fire up and motivate people to realize their own potential and establish a plan to reach their goals!
Jim has developed his own system of strategies, and teaches people how to implement these strategies as well as develop habits that will help them become higher achievers. These strategies can be molded and personalized to apply to any individual, organization, business or team. Jim bases his strategies on his personal philosophy of NO EXCUSES – DON’T BLAME OTHERS – CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE.
Speeches, Presentations, Conferences, Convocations, Workshops, In-services, Assemblies, Conventions and Leadership Lectures-Retreats and Academy
Difference Makers, Super Achievers and Legacy Leaders
Why we need to be one and how to become one.
“On a Mission”……….what’s yours?
Doing what matters to you, that only you can do!
Developing a Successful Culture
Why great teams, companies and organizations thrive.
Being an Outstanding Teammate at Home, Work and Play
If you want to go fast go by yourself, if you want to go far develop a team.
Learning from Criticism, Adversity and Your Failures
How to respond and use mistakes to succeed.
Average Leaders Communicate, Strong Leaders Connect!
#1 skill in effective leadership and in building relationships is the ability to connect
“Jim Weeks addressed our entire school staff recently. He was very inspiring and thought provoking! The comments from the staff were extremely complimentary! He does a phenomenal job of pushing the envelope of leadership. He is not afraid to make you think about yourself as a leader and what it takes to become GREAT. I would highly recommend Jim Weeks if you want someone that will make your organization better. He tells it like it is and he lives it like he tells it!”
Aaron Plas, York High Assistant Principal/AD, York, NE
“Coach Jim Weeks recently spoke at our 2016 District 9 FCCLA Leadership Conference in Greeley, Nebraska. I must say we were very pleased with Coach Weeks! We appreciated that he asked the students to take notes and also provided them with a handout to follow along. His message on leadership was wonderful! It was so great of him to present a breakout session also. The evaluations from students ranked him 4-5 on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the highest. Thank you, Coach Weeks and MidAmerica Speakers Bureau for helping make our Conference a huge success!”
Sharon Smith, District 9 FCCLA Advisor
“Jim Weeks did a fantastic job of motivating our staff and students at Diller-Odell Jr-Sr High School! It was our pleasure to have him present as we kicked off the 2013-14 school year. Jim does a great job of relating success to leadership, effort and determination. His examples of having a vision and goals are vitally important for young people to understand. I would highly recommend Jim Weeks as a speaker!”
Mike Meyerle, Superintendent, Diller-Odell Public Schools
“You do not want to attend one of Jim Week’s presentations if you just want to go through the motions and not be challenged. However, if you want to be pushed, stretched and forced to really evaluate your performance, find career break throughs and eclipse the barriers that have held you back, then jump in the deep water with Jim. It will be an emotional, life changing experience for you.”
Don Meyer 2009 ESPY Award Winner
“Mr. Weeks recently spoke at our school and did 3 different presentations addressing the student body, teachers and staff and the community. I had the opportunity to attend all 3. Coach Weeks is a riveting and engaging speaker! I appreciated how he gave practical ways to implement what he taught into everyday life… from spending 15 minutes a day on something you want to improve, to whom you surround yourself with every day. He taught common sense; the Golden Rule; positive reinforcement, and being intentional in making a difference. The feedback I have received from both students and adults has all been very positive! I hope I have the opportunity to hear him speak again some day!”
Kim Burry, School Board Member, Bayard, NE.
“Barry, I’ve received nothing but rave reviews about Jim’s presentation from everyone I’ve talked to. We felt he was a great fit for our group and had a relatable presentation at all levels of management. Thanks again for all your great help!”
Stephanie King-Witt, Director of Marketing/Public Relations, Bosselman Companies & Nebraska Danger Football