James A. Donnelly was a member of the Delaware Valley High School class of 1994. An outstanding athlete, he was a member of Delaware Valley’s inaugural football team where in 1993 he was chosen team captain and team Most Valuable Player. He was selected as a starter in the Suburban Conference All-Star team for the Kiwanis All-Star Football Classic. Jim also excelled in baseball where he was the 1994 batting champion and was selected to the 1994 first team All-NAC. He was an active student and scholar during his Delaware Valley years, serving as a member of the Scholastic Bowl Team and being invited to join the prestigious National Honor Society.
Jim attended Grove City College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history. His outstanding athletic career continued at Grove City where he was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter on the football team. Twice he was named All-Presidents Athletic Conference, receiving honorable mention in 1996 and first team recognition in 1997. He was selected to play and start in the USA III Football Martin Luther King All-Star game. Jim also excelled as a college baseball player where he was a four-year letterwinner and three- year starter at first base. He was team captain in 1998 and twice selected All-Presidents Athletic Conference. He was a two- time batting champion, and his career batting average was .417, the highest in school history until 2010. His 1998 season average was .465.
Jim’s career since his college graduation has included both teaching and coaching. He served as offensive line coach and assistant baseball coach at Grove City College from 1998-2000. Since that time he has served as a teacher and coach at Delaware Valley High School. While serving as assistant football coach, he helped guide the team to the 2004 Lackawanna Football Division I Championship. In 2012, Jim’s team was District II Champions. While serving as assistant baseball coach, he helped guide the team to a 2006 Lackawanna League Championship. This same team would eventually go on to win the PIAA 4A State Championship.