After three years at the helm and six seasons in J-Town, head coach Thomas Barnes is stepping down as the leader of the Panther football program.
Barnes has been coordinating the Panther offense since the 2006 season and took over the program in 2010. Under Barnes, Jordan posted a 15-16 overall record and went 9-9 in the Moore League. The Panthers made the playoffs in 2010 and lost to eventual champion Servite in the first round. They were a lucky envelope draw away from the playoffs this year, but after the 28-0 season-ending win at Wilson last week, Barnes says he's leaving with a smile on his face.
"I love the kids, and I'm going to miss them," added Barnes. "The kids really put it together in the last two weeks... the administration here has been very supportive."
Barnes spent his playing days at LBCC and UCLA, and his early coaching days at Crenshaw and Santa Monica. This was his 13th year on the sidelines, a place his family is comfortable. His father coached high school football in Florida for more than 30 years, and his grandfather coached basketball for just as long.
Barnes says he is weighing his options but is looking to continue his coaching career at any level. GazettesSports.com will keep you up to date on coach Barnes and the Jordan coaching vacancy. That head coach will be the ninth new Moore League hire since Barnes took over three years ago.