James Graves
James Graves
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 423-652-6453
Email: jgraves@king.edu
Year: 3rd Year

Graves joined the Tornado staff in August 2017, leading the Tornado to a pair of record-setting seasons in 2017-19.

Athlete Honors - Women

  • 2 Conference Carolinas champions
  • 9 All-Conference Carolinas selections
  • 4 Academic All-Conference Carolinas honoree
  • 3 Conference Carolinas Swimmers of the Week

King Highlights - Women

  • 2 individual school records were broken in 2017-18
  • College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Fall Scholar All-America Team

Athlete Honors - Men

  • 1 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year
  • 3 Conference Carolinas champions
  • 19 All-Conference Carolinas selections
  • 2 Academic All-Conference honorees
  • 3 Conference Carolinas Swimmers of the Week

King Highlights - Men

  • 13 individual school records fell in 2018-19

Prior to King

Graves was an assistant coach at Carson-Newman University since 2012. During his time at Carson-Newman, the program produced 12 All-Americans, including five a season ago. The Eagles also had two student-athletes set conference records and both the men's and women's teams achieved national rankings. Graves earned his Master of Arts in Teaching from Carson-Newman in 2017.

Prior to his stint at Carson-Newman, Graves attended North Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music. While there, he was an assistant coach of the Kishwaukee YMCA Swim Team. Graves earned in Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tennessee where he was an honorary All-American and co-captain of the swim team. Graves swam the 100 and 200 butterfly as well as the 500 freestyle for the Volunteers and was a four-time Southeastern Conference (SEC) finalist.