Jim began at Stanwood High as a teacher and baseball and wrestling coach. In 1984, he became Stanwood’s athletic director and remained in that position for 17 years. During his final 15 years at Stanwood, he was a vice principal. As athletic director, he founded/co-founded and implemented many new programs. Some of them are:
· Co-founded the Stanwood 4A Booster Club
· Established the Athletic/Academic Awards Night
· Established the Annual Stanwood Coaches Conference
· Established the Stanwood High School Athletic Training Program
Under Piccolo’s leadership, Stanwood High hosted league, sub-district and district games, and playoffs/tournaments for all sports and the five different league classifications. He also served as meet and tournament manager in Stanwood’s athletic conference. At the state level with the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), Jim was District One director and in 1997, he served as president of the Washington State Athletic Administrators Association (WSSAAA). He was a board member of WSSAAA for 15+ years and for several years, the Leadership Training Institute (LTI) coordinator for the state athletic directors conference.
Piccolo began his affiliation with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) in 1996 and served in the position of state liaison. At the same time, he became the State Education Trainer Coordinator for all LTI courses and a member of the LTI National Faculty for three LT courses.
In 1999, Jim was named the WSSAAA Athletic Director of the Year and in 2000 he was honored as the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPHERD) National Athletic Director of the Year. Additionally, Jim is an inductee in the halls of fame of WSSAAA and AAHPHERD.