James Leverton became an assistant coach for the Highlanders in 2016 after spending 2015-16 as a volunteer assistant with the program. In his four seasons with the team, Leverton has helped lead the Highlanders to post-season appearances each season, including back-to-back conference championships in 2016 and 2017, a Region V Championship in 2017 and a fifth-place finish at the JUCO World Series. Under Leverton’s guidance, Highlanders’ pitcher Grant Miller earned the back-to-back conference Player of the Year honors in 2018 and 2019.
Leverton attended Texas Tech University and was a three-year member of the Red Raiders baseball team. He was drafted in the eighth round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs with the 251st overall pick and signed on June 26, 2008. He spent seven seasons in the Minor Leagues – three in the Cubs organization as a starting and relief pitcher and four with the Miami Marlins organization as a reliever.
Leverton received his bachelor’s degree in general studies from Texas Tech through McLennan’s University Center in 2016.
2016-present: Assistant coach, McLennan Community College
2015-16: Volunteer assistant coach, McLennan Community College
2011-14: Miami Marlins organization
2008-10: Chicago Cubs organization
2005-08: Texas Tech University
2016: Bachelor’s in general studies, Texas Tech University