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James Logan announces state champion as new head football coach

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

James Logan players crowd around quarterback Jonathan Craft (4) after he led his team 80 yards in 36 seconds for a comeback victory over the Bishop O'Dowd Dragons during the fourth quarter of a high school football game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, in Union City, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron for the Bay Area News Group)
James Logan players crowd around quarterback Jonathan Craft (4) after he led his team 80 yards in 36 seconds for a comeback victory over the Bishop O’Dowd Dragons during the fourth quarter of a high school football game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, in Union City, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron for the Bay Area News Group)

James Logan named a Bay Area staple as its next head football coach on 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 was the head coach at Castlemont from 2018-21, compiling a record of 5-20 in a league dominated by McClymonds. Barnes had also led programs at Arroyo and his alma mater Berkeley before then. 

“I’ve already been a coach for a few high schools in the East Bay over the past 15 years, and I took two years off to really hone in my coaching as an assistant,” Barnes, 45, told the Bay Area News Group . “After winning the state title, I kind of got that hunger and fight back to get out there as a head coach.” 

Barnes succeeds Eddie Smith, who stepped down 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 starting his coaching career, Barnes played arena football from 2002-05. 

Barnes said a shorter commute factored into taking the job but added it was not the only reason. 

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.
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