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.
“The size, the resources, having three levels and the ability to go from our freshman to our JV to our varsity program,” Barnes said. “I didn’t really have the opportunity to coach a program this big outside of Berkeley until a few years ago. So this is a great opportunity.
James Logan made the North Coast Division playoffs in each of Smith’s three seasons with the Mustangs. Barnes said he was looking to build on what Smith had built, rather than completely change the program.
“I just build on what he did,” Barnes said, “and add my coaching experience, what I learned from coach Trent (Herzog at SVDP) and the tree of coaching that I learned and developed. under.”
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