Jim Combs was named the third commissioner of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) prior to the 2007-08 campaign and promoted to League President for the 2010-11 season. Jim is a native of Fairfax, Virginia, where he grew up with a passion for hockey and golf. These interests have led him through many career developments.
Jim began officiating hockey when he was 18 years old. Combs also worked the video replay for the National Hockey League (NHL) in Greensboro, North Carolina the first two years of the Hurricanes. After working full time in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) for 4 years and working in the American Hockey League (AHL) during the last 2 years, he got into golf in Charlotte, while continuing to work part time as an ECHL official until 2006.
He started working at Ballantyne Resort, a four star and four diamond Luxury Collection Resort, three months after the golf course opened and was there until 2007 when he came on full-time with the SPHL. Combs started as an assistant pro two years later, became the Golf Events Coordinator and then the Head Golf Professional. He trained all resort employees on customer service and exceeding the needs of guests. During this time, he also served as the head coach of the men's golf team at Queens University, a NCAA Division III university in Charlotte. Jim is also a Professional Golf Association (PGA) Class "A" member, a graduate of the Golf Professional Training Program (GPTP) and a private pilot.