Jim Wallis is the director of Sports Medicine at Portland State. Wallis, who began in August 1989, specifically works with the men’s basketball team. Formerly the department's head athletic trainer, Wallis was elevated to the title of Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine. He oversees a full-time staff of three assistants, as well as graduate assistants.
Since July 2003, Wallis has also been an affiliated assistant professor in the School of Community Health at Portland State, and prior to that he served as an assistant professor with the school from August 1989–June 2003. From 1986-89 Wallis served as the head athletic trainer and an instructor at Lewis and Clark College in Portland. He was also the head athletic trainer and an instructor at the College of Idaho from Sept. 1984-July 1986. He got his start as in athletic training in 1983 at Sabino High School in Tucson, Arizona, where he spent one year.
Wallis is a certified athletic trainer (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainers Association and since 1994 has been a registered athletic trainer (ATC/R) with the state of Oregon. He has also been a certified kinesio taping instructor since 1997. More recently he has become the foremost expert on kinesio taping in the United States and a published author on the subject. In recent years, he has also travelled to international competitions with the U.S. Fencing and U.S. Saber teams as team athletic trainer.
In 2010, Wallis received the NATA Athletic Trainers' Associations' Athletic Trainer Service Award for his career service and achievement in the field. He was inducted into the Oregon Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame, and the Northwest Athletic Trainers Association awarded him the Outstanding Service Award. In 2012, the NATA recognized him with the District Director's Award for those individuals and/or organizations who deserve recognition for their contributions to the field of athletic training.
A 1983 graduate of Washington State, Wallis earned his degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic training. In 1984, Wallis earned his Master’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Arizona.
A native of Puyallup, Washington, Wallis enjoys traveling in the United States and internationally as well as playing squash. Wallis’ son, Kyle is a graduate of Oregon Culinary Institute and works as a chef in Portland.