"Jim" Basler started fencing in 2009 at Texas State University. He competed with the university team in SWIFA in both Foil and Epee. Jim was elected the President and head coach for Texas State at the end of his academic career, and has served on several administrative councils for fencing throughout the state. He has received intense instruction from some of the best coaches in the world while attending US Fencing Coaches Academy, and later an apprenticeship under Mark Masters in Philadelphia. Jim is now the head fencing coach for Comal ISD, Boerne High School, as well as his private club; Hill Country Blades. He is a professional member of USA Fencing and certified coach through the US Fencing Coaches Association.