By Tony Gonsalez
Monday, December 20th, 2010 at 7:11 pm in Uncategorized.
Former James Logan High standout Damian Mackey has been named the new football coach for John F. Kennedy-Fremont, athletic director John Webb confirmed Monday.
Mackey replaces longtime coach Pete Michaletos, who retired after 46 years as the Titans’ only coach since the school opened.
“It’s quite an honor and privilege to take over for Coach Michaletos,” Mackey said. “I played against him in high school, and he had some real good teams back then.”
Mackey, who is currently an algebra teacher and athletic director at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Hayward, has quite a resume.
After graduating from Logan in 1998, Mackey played for Oklahoma as a wide receiver with ex-Logan teammate and current Cincinnati Bengals safety Roy Williams. Mackey was part of the 2000 Sooners squad that went 13-0 and won the national championship, catching 26 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown. He was also an Academic All-American in 2000.
Mackey stayed on with Oklahoma as a graduate assistant for two years. He had been teaching at a middle school in Dallas before moving back to the East Bay.
Upon his return, Mackey threw his name in the hat of potential candidates for the Kennedy position.
“I’ve been offered in Oklahoma and in Dallas to coach there, but the timing wasn’t right,” Mackey said. “I felt now was a time for me to take on a task like this, and I’m very excited to teach the players both on and off the field.”