James Cagle attended Connors State College from 1956 to 1958 where he lettered in football his freshman year and in football, basketball and baseball his sophomore year. He was voted Best All-Around Athlete in 1957-58 and received Honorable Mention, All- Conference in football in 1957-58.
James then attended East Central State University in Ada, OK where he continued playing football, basketball, and baseball, lettering in all three sports his junior and senior years. It was here that he received a Bachelor of Science in Education. From there he continued his education receiving a Master of Education and Minor in Math and P.E. form West Texas State University in Canyon, TX.
His teaching a coaching career began in Allen, OK. James was head basketball coach at Olton High School, Midland High School, and Duncanville High School from where he retired from coaching in 1984. He was named District 8, SA Coach of the Year in 1984 and District 9, SA Coach of the Year in 1971,1972, and 1973. Throughout his coaching career his teams won five district championships, two regional championships, state semi-finalist, and finalist. In addition, he coached the Texas All-Star Game North in 1974. He is ranked as number 80 on Former Texas Basketball High School Coached Honor Page, with 531 wins and 227 losses.
James continued his career teaching both high school and community college math until 2011- a total of 50 years. In 1989-1990, he received the Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty, Science/Math/PE at Mountain View Community College in Dallas, TX. Also, he was listed among the Who’s Who among Teachers in 1996 and 2002.
James was inducted on April 30, 2016.