Jim Blankenship enters his third season as assistant coach after joining FAU's soccer staff in February 2003. In his two years at the post, Blankenship has helped lead one of the strongest teams in the Atlantic Sun Conference. He brings to the staff nearly two decades of collegiate coaching experience.
In his first year as assistant coach in 2003, he worked closely with head coach Brian Dooley in all aspects of the program to help lead the Owls to their second consecutive A-Sun regular season title and the most wins for a season in program history.
Before joining FAU, he was the assistant women's soccer coach at Jacksonville University, where he concentrated his efforts on training and recruitment. Prior to his work at JU, Blankenship held the position of head women's soccer coach at the University of Miami. He started the program in 1998 and helped to build it into a national contender in only four years. Under his direction, the Hurricanes climbed as high as a no. 14 national ranking. Blankenship's recruiting classes were recognized as some of the top-rated collegiate classes between 1998 and 2001. The 2001 squad advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
No stranger to Boca Raton, Blankenship was the head women's soccer coach for Lynn University from 1986-98. While there, he was named NAIA Coach of the Year five times (1988, 1990, 1992, 1994 & 1995) and NSCAA Coach of the Year twice (1992 and 1994). His teams won the national championship three times (1992, 1994 & 1995) and were runners-up twice (1991 and 1993). While there, 18 academic All-Americans and 40 All-Americans graduated. He was inducted into Lynn University's Athletic Hall-of-Fame in the spring of 2003.
Blankenship played collegiate soccer at Florida International University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in administration and recreation in 1982. He later went on to earn his master's degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University. Blankenship has been the director of coaching for the Soccer Association of Boca Raton, where he coached 15 teams and led Team Boca to seven championships. He has taken part in the southern region Olympic Development Program and has been a site administrator for the MLS, WUSA and Umbro Select.