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James H. Bemiller, JD

Associate Professor
Faculty Advisor, Partners in Sports
HPER 343


RSM 129 History of Tennessee Athletics
RSM 250 Foundations of Sport Management
RSM 338 Ethics in Recreation and Sport
RSM 360 Sport Governance
RSM 370 Event Management
RSM 450 Sport Law
RSM 512 Graduate Sport Law
RSM 535 Graduate Ethics in Sport
RSM 544 Graduate Leadership Theories
RSM 560 Graduate Sport Governance


  • Legal issues in sport
  • Leadership theories
  • Coaching and performance


JD The University of Tennessee Doctor of Jurisprudence
MS The University of Tennessee Human Performance and Sport Studies
BS Miami University Education


Jim serves as the Faculty Advisor for Partners in Sports, the student organization for sport management majors at UT. Partners in Sports provides quality programming to give students the opportunity to learn leadership and management skills focused on the sport industry. Partners activities include the annual professional conference, women’s roundtable, golf tournament, and spring awards reception. All proceeds benefit student initiatives and the scholarship endowment. To date, Partners has awarded nearly $200,000 to more than 150 students. After ten years of private practice primarily in insurance defense law, Jim joined the faculty in 2005 to teach legal aspects of sport. He has served as a regular reviewer for the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport and conference abstract reviewer for the Sport and Recreation Law Association. Jim has an extensive coaching background. He has coached Olympic, World, and NCAA champions in the pole vault and is author of the chapter on the pole vault in the USA Track and Field Coaching Manual. He is invited regularly to present on coaching theory, most recently at the prestigious German Sport University in Cologne (2018). He is a member of NASSM, SRLA, and the Knoxville Bar Association. He also serves on the advisory committee for the National Pole Vault Summit. On campus, Jim serves on the CEHHS College Senate, the UT Student Conduct Board, and as the HPER building representative.


UTK CEHHS Dean’s Service Award, 2019
UTK CEHHS Madge Phillips Professional Service Award, 2015
Knoxville Top Attorneys/KBA members, 2009-11, 2013-15
Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame, 2011
Mansfield (OH) High School Sports Hall of Fame, 2001


Waller, S. & Bemiller, J. (2018). Navigating Rough Waters: Public Swimming Pools, Discrimination, and the Law. The International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education: Vol.11: No. 1, Article 10.

Trendafilova, S. A., Graham, G., & Bemiller, J. (2017). Sustainability and the Olympics: The case of the 2016 Rio Summer Games. Journal of Sustainability Education, 16.

Graham, J.A., Hardin, R., & Bemiller, J. (2017). Measuring Economic Impact at a Professional Golf Tournament. Case Studies in Sport Management, 6(1), 58-60.

Bemiller, J. (2017). In Defense of the Free Takeoff. USATF Track Coach, 219, (Spring 2017) 6971-6972.

Hardin, R., Pate, J., & Bemiller, J. (2013). Development and Organization of a Student – Operated Sport Management Cocurricular Club: Partners in Sports. Sport Management Education Journal, 7(1), 54-61.

Bemiller, J., Dzikus, L., Hardin, R., & Waller, S. (2012). College Sport Chaplains: Constitutional Questions. Sports Litigation Alert, 9(12).

Bemiller, J. & Wrisberg, C. (2012). An Overview and Critique of NCAA Policy Regarding the Use of Sport Psychology Consultants at the Division I Level. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 4 (2), 227-242.

Trendafilova, S., Bemiller, J., & Hardin, R. (2012). The Third Pillar of Olympism: Past, present, and future. Global Sport Management News, 3, 2-4.

Bemiller, J. & Hardin, R. (2012). Pole Vault: Effective Pole Carry and Transfer, the Foundation for Success. Track and Cross Country Journal 1(4), 15-27.

Bemiller, J., Dzikus, L., Hardin, R., & Waller, S. (2012). Collegiate Sport Chaplains: Constitutional Questions. Sports Litigation Alert, 9(12).

Bemiller, J., Dzikus, L., Hardin, R., & Waller, S. (2012). Collegiate Sport Chaplains: Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics, 9(12).

Bemiller, J., & Trendafilova, S. (2012). Social media and free speech in education. The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 83(1), 7-8, 56.

Bemiller, J. & Hardin, R. (2011). Learning Progressions to Safely Teach the Pole Vault. Track and Cross Country Journal 1(1), 4-16.

Pate, J., Bemiller, J., & Hardin, R. (2010). Reserved: Best Practices for On-Campus Football Parking for People with Disabilities. Journal of Venue and Event Management 2 (1), 1-13.

Hardin, R., Piercy, A., Bemiller, J. & Koo, G. (2010). Cultivating Financial Support for Women’s Athletics: An Examination of Donor Motivations. American Journal of Educational Studies 3 (1), 53066.

Bemiller, J. & Hardin, R. (2010). Risk Management in the Original Extreme Sporting Event: The Pole Vault. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 81 (2), 23-28.

Bemiller, J. (2009). Judicial Review of Eligibility Issues in Scholastic Athletics. The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 80 (5), 11-14.

VerSteeg, R., & Bemiller, J. (2009). A Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Pole Vaulting Helmet Requirement: Why the NFHS and Other Rulemaking Bodies Should Not Adopt Such a Rule. Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law at Michigan State University College of Law, 2009 (1), 55-69.

Hardin, R., Andrew D.P.S., Koo, G. & Bemiller J. (2008). Motivational Factors for Participating in Basic Instruction Programs. The Physical Educator 65 (3), 2-15.

Bemiller, J., Hull, G. & Hardin, R. (2007). Improvement of Peak Performance in the Pole Vault. Scholastic Coach & Athletic Director 76(10), 56-60.

Bemiller, J. (2005). The Right to Compete for Championships-NonTraditional Sports Seasons Ruled Discriminatory, The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 76 (7), 12-14, 56.