In February 2010 one of Villanova's all-time greats returned to his college program when it was announced that Jim Curtin had joined the coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
"We are thrilled to have one of Villanova's all-time greats join our staff," stated Villanova head coach Tom Carlin. "Jimmy is a hardworking individual who excelled in both the BIG EAST and MLS. His passion for this program and the young guys in it will be a huge plus for our team."
Curtin was the 1997 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and a two-time first team All-BIG EAST selection in 1999 and 2000 as a central back. As a senior he was the Philadelphia Soccer Seven Player of the Year and was a three-time choice as the Wildcats' most valuable player. He graduated with a Finance degree in 2001.
After completing his college career, Curtin became the first Wildcat to be drafted by the MLS when he was selected by the Chicago Fire. He would go on to play in more than 200 games for the Fire, which included U.S. Open Cup championships in 2003 and 2005. He was a 2004 MLS All-Star and the March of Dimes/Comcast Athlete of the Year in 2005.
In 2008, Curtin moved on to Chivas USA where he played two seasons before retiring after the '09 season.
During his time in Chicago, Curtin also served as Director of Coaching for the Chicago Kickers Soccer Club from 2003-08. He oversaw the development of boys and girls' teams ranging in age from 8-18.
Curtin, originally a product of Oreland, Pa., now makes his home in Philadelphia. He fills the void created when Ptah Myers was named head coach at Philadelphia University.