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James Logan announces James Barnes as new head football coach

James Logan named a Bay Area staple as his next head football coach Monday night.

James Barnes, who won the 6-AA state title with St. Vincent De Paul as an assistant coach last season, takes over the Union City program.

The Oakland resident served as Castlemont’s head coach from 2018-21, compiling a 5-20 record in a league dominated by McClymonds. Barnes had also led programs at Arroyo and his alma mater Berkeley previously.

“I’ve previously coached at a few high schools in the East Bay over the last 15 years and I took two years off to really hone my coaching as an assistant,” Barnes, 45, told the Bay Area News Group. . “After I won the state title, I kind of got this hunger and fought to become a head coach.”

Barnes succeeds Eddie Smith, who resigned in December. James Logan went 6-5 last season and won the league title by going 5-0 in MVAL/WACC Foothill Division play.

Before beginning his coaching career, Barnes played arena football from 2002 to 2005.

Barnes said a shorter commute factored into accepting the position, but added that wasn’t the only reason.

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