Livermore hires Ryan Partridge as head football coach

Jim Harbaugh’s staff inspired Ryan Partridge to hunt for a high school head football coaching job, a mission he completed when Livermore hired him for that role in mid-March.

Partridge’s cousin Chris, Michigan’s linebackers and special teams coach, has invited Ryan to the Wolverine facilities in Ann Arbor numerous times, the new Cowboys coach said.

“I had dinner with Jay Harbaugh, Jim’s son, and my cousin Chris. They heard me talking football and my passion, and they just pushed me and pushed me to apply for head coaching positions,” Partridge said. “That was a huge part of me deciding to do that.”

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Joe Bautista to return as College Park football coach

College Park removed the interim tag for head football coach Joe Bautista, Falcons athletic director Lance Hurtado confirmed Monday.

Bautista started last season as an assistant coach and stepped to the helm after College Park fired first-year head coach Joe Tenorio in late September. Bautista had previously been an assistant under longtime head coach Bill Kepler, who retired in 2014 but returned in September to help Bautista.

“He’s an alumni, he’s been there for years, he coached as an assistant — so I think it’ll be good,” Hurtado said of Bautista staying on as head coach. “He got us to the end of last season, stepped up and filled the role for us.”

The Falcons opened last season 0-4 before Tenario was let go and went 2-4 the rest of the way, with wins over Ygnacio Valley and Mt. Diablo.

Bautista, who was not immediately available for comment, is a P.E. teacher on-campus.

“That’s definitely a plus,” Hurtado said. “Having that presence on the campus is huge.”


Danny Jones becomes head football coach at alma mater Amador Valley

Danny Jones was named head coach of the Amador Valley football team in late February, taking over a program he played in from 2000-04 and has coached for the last five seasons.

Of coaching his alma mater, which went 8-4 and reached the North Coast Section Division 1 playoffs last season, Jones said, “It’s really cool. There are still a lot of the same teachers that were there when I went there. It’s a different dynamic, but you can’t ask for a better situation.”

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Reaction to NCS Open Division, competitive equity changes

Today the North Coast Section Board of Managers voted in a four-team Open Division football playoff plan, and a competitive equity plan that moves some successful teams up a division in football, basketball, girls volleyball, water polo, baseball, softball and lacrosse. Read about it here.

Coaches are still absorbing what the changes will mean when they go into effect this fall. Here’s an early sampling of reaction from East Bay coaches:

Compiled by Phil Jensen and Daniel Mano

Campolindo football coach Kevin Macy:
(on competitive equity) “The variables that are thrown into this mix … I just want to stick to school size. … Who is the arbiter of competitive equity? I’m not a big believer in this. …. We are just fighting to keep football alive in our town. Our name has become much bigger than our kids.”

Clayton Valley Charter football coach Tim Murphy:
(On the Open Division) “Fired up about it. … I think everything that went down in the meeting is what I agree with. … The only negative thing is that a team that wins a section could be eliminated. … Now you are not allowing people to control their own destiny. That would be my only complaint. Everything else I agree with. Continue Reading


Dublin’s Matt Gutwald signs to walk on at Stanford

Dublin High’s Matthew Gutwald signed a letter of intent Wednesday to be a preferred walk-on at Stanford, spurning other Pac-12 and Division 1 schools who offered scholarships.

“I had a lot of other offers to choose from, but … it came down to academics,” Gutwald said.

The 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive lineman is a three-star recruit according to Rivals and Scout, the latter listing him as the eight-best guard in the state. Gutwald was selected to the All-East Bay First Team Offense this past season.

“He’s got the whole package,” said Dublin coach John Wade, who also praised his smarts.

Gutwald narrowed his options down to Stanford and Notre Dame before deciding Tuesday to aim at joining the Cardinal.


Bishop O’Dowd’s Camilo Eifler signs with Washington

Bishop O’Dowd High linebacker Camilo Eifler signed a letter of intent Wednesday afternoon to play for Washington, completing a verbal commitment he made in July.

Eifler, a consensus four-star recruit, is listed as the No. 6 linebacker nationally by Scout and No. 11 by Rivals. Scout has him as the No. 94 overall prospect, Rivals has him at No. 118 and ESPN at No. 280.

Eifler had 40 tackles (nine for a loss), an interception and a forced fumble his senior year. His coach the last two seasons was Washington alum Napoleon Kaufman, a former Oakland Raider.

Bishop O’Dowd standout Camilo Eifler, right, holds a Washington hat with his arm around former Huskies star and current Dragons coach Napoleon Kaufman after signing a letter of intent Wednesday to play at Washington. Photo courtesy of Lisa Coffey-Mahoney.




Liberty’s Shurod Thompson signs with Oregon State

Liberty High safety Shurod Thompson signed a letter of intent Wednesday with Oregon State.

Thompson, who transferred from Pittsburg for his senior year, is a consensus four-star recruit rated as a Top 10 safety in the nation by Rivals and ESPN. The former has Thompson as the No. 148 prospect overall and the latter lists him as No. 170 overall.

According to Rivals, Thompson received offers from nine other Pac-12 schools. He decommitted from Cal in June, according to SBNation, and joins an Oregon State recruiting class ranked No. 41 by Rivals.

Thompson had six touchdowns as a running back with Liberty last season (his defensive stats were not listed on MaxPreps). While at Pittsburg, the safety snagged six total interceptions in two seasons.

Most recently, Thompson played for Team USA in the International Bowl, fielding a punt blocked by friend and Oklahoma commit Jordan Parker and returning it for a touchdown.



East Bay football commits on National Signing Day 2016

East Bay football players committing on National Signing Day include five to Pac-12 schools and two to other Power 5 schools. Here’s the full list:

DE Dante Abono (Alhambra) San Jose State
OT Jasaan Andrews (Skyline) Azusa Pacific
TE Devin Asiasi (De La Salle) Michigan
OL Meeko Barjona (Pittsburg) Humboldt State
K Matt Blair (Campolindo) UC Davis
ATH Antoine Custer (De La Salle) Eastern Washington
LS Johnny Den Bleyker (Moreau Catholic) UCLA
QB Kevin Davidson (San Ramon Valley) Princeton
OLB Camilo Eifler (Bishop O’Dowd) Washington
TE Giovanni Fauolo (Freedom) UNLV
OL Saia Fonongaloa (Pittsburg) Cal Poly
DL/OL Alex Glover (Saint Mary’s) Humboldt State
*OL Matthew Gutwald (Dublin) Stanford
DB Brooklyn Hardiman (De La Salle) Southern Oregon
WR Trey Hoskins (Dougherty Valley) Weber State
*DL Jake Javier (San Ramon Valley) Cal Poly
DB Miles Johnston (De La Salle) Southern Oregon
LB Nick Kane (San Ramon Valley) Brown
SS Scott Lewis (Berean Christian) University of San Diego
QB Troyante McConico (Pinole Valley) Wayne State
WR Marqel McCoy (Concord) UC Davis
CB Jordan Parker (Pittsburg) Oklahoma
RB Tamarick Pierce (Saint Mary’s) Eastern Washington
OLB Darius Powe (El Cerrito) Nevada
WR Noah Sol (Monte Vista) Northern Colorado
RB/LB Clayton Stehr (Miramonte) Brown
OL/DL Sterling Strother (Campolindo) Yale
QB Joey Sweeney (Freedom) Humboldt State
DT Boss Tagoloa (De La Salle) UCLA
CB Shurod Thompson (Liberty) Oregon State
OL/DL Eric Ting (Miramonte) Pomona-Pitzer
DL Seperini Togiai Aumua (Hayward) Sacramento State
WR/RB Ricky Walker III (San Leandro) Hawaii
WR Isaiah Williams (Freedom) University of St. Francis
WR Jairus Woodson (Valley Christian) Northern Arizona

*preferred walk-on


Jim Harbaugh makes recruiting swing through East Bay


Photo by Trine Gallegos/Antioch High School                                                                                                                     On Jan. 19, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh paid a visit to Antioch High School and junior Najee Harris, the state’s No. 1 high school running back. The meeting included (from left) Wolverine defensive line coach Greg Mattison, Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh, AHS principal Louie Rocha, Harbaugh, AHS offensive coordinator Brett Dudley and AHS head coach John Lucido. In mid-December Harris was visited by the head coaches from Notre Dame and Cal.

Michigan coach and web-celeb Jim Harbaugh hit stops in the East Bay on Tuesday, as evidenced by numerous posts on social media that showed Harbaugh at Antioch and De La Salle high schools.

Harbaugh visited the De La Salle campus today to visit uncommitted prize recruits Devin Asiasi and Boss Tagaloa, De La Salle coach Justin Alumbaugh confirmed to Phil Jensen of Bay Area News Group via text. Both players will also be visiting Michigan this weekend, Alumbaugh confirmed.

Last week, Asiasi, a tight end ranked 44th in the ESPN 300 for the class of 2016, narrowed his list of college choices to five, in no specific order: Alabama, Michigan, USC, UCLA and Washington. Tagaloa is 95th on the ESPN list.

Harbaugh was also at Antioch High today, to try and land junior running back sensation Najee Harris, who made an early oral commitment to Alabama last spring. ESPN ranks Harris seventh in the nation for 2017 recruits. Wherever Harbaugh goes, cameras are put to use. He joined Antioch officials, including principal Louie Rocha, head coach John Lucido and offensive coordinator Brett Dudley for a photo.

Dudley later tweeted about meeting Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. And the wheels keep turning in the recruiting world.

Special thanks to Trine Gallegos for the photo at Antioch High.