Mark James entered the 2019-20 season among the 20 winningest head coaches in Indiana high school basketball history. Currently in his 2nd season leading the Perry Meridian program, the 1973 Martinsville graduate began his head coaching career with three seasons at Covington. From 1985- 2010, he was a fixture as the head coach at Franklin Central, followed by seven seasons leading Ben Davis to successes including the 2017 4A IHSAA championship. In all, James entered this season with 568 career wins, 13 sectional championships, two regional titles, six conference championships, five Marion County Coach of the Year awards, two Marion County championships, and numerous holiday tournament titles, including winning the 2009 Hall of Fame Classic. He resides in Indianapolis.