Sims officially named Berkeley coach

As most who follow the blog regulary have speculated and known for days, Fred Sims has been named the new Berkeley High head football coach. More to come after speaking with Sims, but here’s a brief write up.

Fred Sims, a two-time North Coast Section championship winning coach at St. Elizabeth High, was officially announced Tuesday as the new head football coach at Berkeley.
Sims replaces Alonzo Carter, who left after three seasons with the Yellowjackets to take over at Contra Costa College.
Sims, a former Cal wide receiver from 1991-95, went 64-46 in 10 years at St. Elizabeth and reached the NCS playoffs seven times.
He led the Mustangs to last year’s NCS Division V title despite playing with as few as 15 players. He also led St. Elizabeth to the 2007 NCS Class B crown and has taken the Mustangs to the past three NCS title games and four overall.
Sims makes the jump from a Division V school with a listed enrollment for 2010 of 199 students to a Division I school in Berkeley that, with an enrollment of 3,461, is the second largest in the NCS to James Logan.
Berkeley won at least a share of the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League title in each of Carter’s three seasons. The Yellowjackets’ 38-3 NCS first-round playoff win over San Leandro last year was the school’s first playoff win since 1996.

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.