Jim Harshaw
Jim HarshawAssociate Director
Jim Harshaw joined the Foundation in August 2012 and works with donors in Richmond and Roanoke, Va. and out-of-state areas including Florida, Georgia, western Pennsylvania and Ohio. In addition, he works closely with the wrestling, rowing, track and field and cross country programs.

A native of Cranberry Township, PA (north of Pittsburgh), Jim received his B.S. in Environmental Science and Master of Teaching in Secondary Science from the University of Virginia in 1999 and was an All-American wrestler and three-time ACC Champion. Jim founded Riot Sports Marketing, which is a consulting firm specializing in marketing, fund-raising and communications for small businesses, non-profit organizations and athletic organizations. He also served as executive director of the Cavalier Wrestling Club for 8 years. He was an assistant wrestling coach at Virginia (2000-2002) before taking the head wrestling coach position at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania (2002-2004).

Jim and his wife Allison have four children: Jesse, Wyatt, Elliana and Isla.

“My favorite thing about working at VAF is how quickly our donors go from being an acquaintance to being a friend because of our shared passion for the Cavaliers. There’s a strong sense that we are all in this together and doing our part, as employees and as donors, to be among the greatest at what we do anywhere in the country.”
Being a part of the UVA Wrestling coaching staff when we won the 2010 ACC Championship, the first for the program in over 30 years. Having been teammates with Coach Garland in the late ’90’s, we had been so close to winning the title several times but fell just short. Finally winning the ACC title with an unbelievably gifted group of wrestlers led by a good friend and former teammate in Coach Garland made this moment especially memorable.
Purposeful, Mission-driven and Fun.