Barnes not retained as Arroyo coach

James Barnes said today that he has not been retained as Arroyo High’s football coach.
“They wanted a coach on campus who could have more interaction with the kids,” said Barnes, an off-campus coach who was the Dons’ coach for three seasons. “I have no ill feelings about Arroyo. It was a great experience … I learned a lot from it. I thank (principal) Larry (Smith) for bringing me in and allowing me to coach the program.”
Both Barnes and Smith said this had nothing to do with the situation involving Arroyo and the North Coast Section football playoffs this past season. The NCS office had not received an application from Arroyo by the stated deadline, said NCS commissioner Gil Lemmon. Barnes said that he sent the application before the deadline.
“I guess it didn’t go through on my end,” Barnes said.
Arroyo was 6-4 this past season and finished second in the West Alameda County Conference-Shoreline Divsion with a 4-1 record. Overall, Barnes was 16-15 in his three seasons at Arroyo.
Smith said that all walk-on coaches are let go after the season, then the job has to be posted internally at the site and at the district level.
Smith said that he is looking to hire an on-campus coach and that he had made a recommendation to the personnel department of the San Lorenzo Unified School District, but it has not been approved yet. Barnes said that Chad Sullivan, the linebackers coach last season, has been hired as his replacement. Athletic director Joe Delucchi confirmed that Sullivan has been hired.

Phil Jensen