Jim was a member of the Patriots football, basketball and baseball teams. He was a two-year letterman in all three sports. Jim was the starting quarterback for the 1981 football team and was selected as Team Outstanding Back, All-Lake Erie League and a Cleveland East-West All-Star.
As a centerfielder and on the 1981 baseball team, Jim was the team’s co-captain and was voted the Team MVP, All-LEL, LEL MVP, Plain Dealer All-Scholastic and All-Ohio. Jim was the key member of the 1981 baseball team who won Valley Forge’s first LEL Championship. Stefanik was named the 1981 Valley Forge Outstanding Male Athlete.
Jim went on to continue both his football and baseball careers at Baldwin Wallace. In baseball, he was a two-time Academic All-American and a two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection. Jim was also selected to the All-NCAA Division III District IV Team and was named to the NCAA All-Midwest Regional Team in 1985.
He led the 1985 team to Baldwin Wallace’s first outright OAC regular season and conference championship. It was also the first NCAA playoff berth for the program.
Jim broke 11 program records, including most hits, home runs and RBI. The accomplishments led to his induction into the Baldwin Wallace College Athletic Hall of Fame.
He earned a degree in accounting and is currently a CPA.