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077: Character building PE with Jim Harte

Jim Harte is Physical Education Teacher at Cypress Woods Elementary School in Palm Harbor, FL.
Jim has over 37 years coaching and teaching experience. His programs have been recognized for Creativity and Innovation in PE and Recess.

Jim’s personal coaching and teaching philosophy is to develop the whole individual with a special emphasis on sound fundamentals and a principled foundation.

Jim has held a Florida teaching certificate for over 35 years. He has taught in both public and private schools. Physical Education programs created by Jim have won three international character-development awards and Jim was featured as a speaker at the Character Education Partnership International Character Forum in San Francisco in 2010. Jim has won several “Teacher of the Year” and “Coach of the Year” awards.


Jim earned a BS in Physical Education in 1980 from Quincy University in Quincy, IL. Over the years he has obtained numerous coaching licenses including USSF A and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma as well as a KNVB coaching certificate obtained in Holland. Further training includes the FranklinCovey Seven Habits signature training as well as FranklinCovey “Leader in Me” educational development training. This combination of soccer, education, and character training and experience makes Jim unique.

Jim Harte has a 36-year high school coaching career. He holds several FHSAA coaching records including most state championships (6), best coaching record in Final Four games (15-5), and most games coached (913). His career coaching record is 554-259-100 (Wins-Losses-Draws)
Numerous young people have been helped into college, pro, and international playing careers by Harte. He has also mentored many players that now have established coaching and teaching careers.

Jim is Founder and President of Marauder Soccer Camp, Inc – founded in 1981. He is a member of the Clearwater Central Catholic High School Hall of Fame.

Jim has been a fixture on the Tampa Bay youth soccer scene for almost four decades. He is currently works for the West Florida Flames. Prior to Flames Jim spent almost 20 years in leadership roles in several other local soccer clubs.
Jim was on the FYSA ODP State Coaching staff for many years including serving as state team head coach as well as instructor for state F, E, and D License courses. He is currently TOPS soccer Director for West Florida Flames Eastlake.

In July, 2018 the Tampa Bay Times named Jim Harte one of the top 50 coaches in Tampa Bay history – all sports, all levels. Jim was selected #19.

Jim Harte’s Marauder Soccer Camps


3 Schools of Character awards:

We won 3 International Awards – 2009, 2010, and 2011.  These were programs I created modeled after practices we were using in my summer soccer camp:

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