Illinois Athletic Development

Staff Bios

Jim McGuffinJim McGuffin

Assistant Director of Development

In September 2007, Jim joined the I FUND as Assistant Director of Development in Chicago working out of the Illini Center on Wacker Drive.

McGuffin originally hails from Downers Grove. Jim attended the University of Illinois from 1992-1996, where he earned Baccalaureate of Science degree in Economics from the College of ACES. While pursuing his degree, McGuffin simultaneously worked for the football team as a Student Manager under Coach Lou Tepper, and served as a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

Following his college experience, McGuffin returned to the Chicago area to pursue a career in the Options Trading industry. Prior to joining the development staff, Jim worked as an options broker with the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade for eleven years.

Jim's recent transition into the realm of athletic development and return to his University of Illinois roots represents a welcomed change. Jim is extremely enthusiastic about meeting the challenges that the I FUND and its mission represent. His goal is to foster a new generation of I FUND members and to continue his lifelong commitment to the University of Illinois.

Jim resides in Lemont, IL with his wife, Janis (UI '98), and has two children.

Jim McGuffin can be reached by email at by phone at 312.575.7851 or at the Office of Athletic Development, Illini Center, 200 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL. 60606


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