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Logan coordinator Eric Billeci named Cal High football coach

The search if finally over.

California High principal Mark Corti announced today that James Logan defensive coordinator Eric Billeci has been tabbed as the next football coach.

Billeci played at De La Salle and later at Saint Mary’s College before getting into teaching and coaching immediately following that.

He has served as the defensive coordinator at Freedom under Kevin Hartwig and most recently under George Zuber at Logan for the past three years.

Billeci is a PE teacher at James Logan — Cal does not have any teaching jobs open for next year at this time.

He is expected to bring a power-type running game as the base offense, something that rising-senior offensive lineman Max Schultz said the team is happy about.

“That’s pretty much what we were last year, we’re definitely happy to be a running team,” Shultz said.

Billechi replaces former coach Tony Sanchez, who compiled a 35-21 record over the past five seasons. During Sanchez’ tenure Cal won its first North Coast Section playoff game and advanced to the NCS 4A championship game in 2007.

Sanchez left after accepting the head coaching position at Nevada state power Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas in early March.

Strength and conditioning coach Sean Manuel, who was a finalist for the head coaching job, will remain with the program.

Kyle Bonagura

Kyle Bonagura is a Pleasanton-based prep sports writer for the Bay Area Newsgroup-East Bay.