Jim Deschaine played soccer, basketball and baseball at both Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern during the 1990s. He was all-conference in soccer and on undefeated regular-season Eastern teams three times as the team’s leading scorer his last two seasons. A three-time varsity letter winner in basketball, his Lancer teams won two CCC South championships. He was a three-time baseball letter winner where he earned two all-conference and one All-State nod and also played on the 1994 state champion American Legion team.
He went on to Brandeis University, where he earned All-New England and First Team Div. III All-American recognition his senior year. Drafted in the 10th round by the Chicago Cubs in 1999, he was awarded CT Minor League Player of the Year in 2003. He spent eight years in the minor leagues, reaching as high as the AAA level. He had career average of .274 with 104 homers in 776 games. Since retiring from professional baseball after the 2005 season, he has involved himself in numerous baseball programs in the community.