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December 4, 2012 > Coaching change at James Logan High School

Coaching change at James Logan High School

There is a new Head Coach in town, but a familiar face to the Logan Volleyball community. Matt Guzman was an MVAL All-League selection as a member of the JLHS Varsity Volleyball team and has also worked the JLHS Summer Camp each of the last two summers since his graduation. He also coached the 2012 Girls' JV Volleyball team this past season. Coach Guzman is currently a full-time student at San Jose State University, where he also competed on the SJSU Men's Club Volleyball Team last year and competed against other collegiate Men's Club Volleyball teams from across the entire state of California.

Coach Steve Burmaster has "left the building", but will retain many fond memories of coaching both the Boys' and Girls' Volleyball programs for the past three seasons. After his recent completion of a Masters Degree in Educational Administration, he is leaving his position as a Physical Education teacher at James Logan High School to take a Vice-Principal position at a middle school near the Central Coast. Coach Burmaster will be channeling his coaching skills in an administrative role to assist both teachers and students in attaining excellence, staying focused on their goals, and using disciplinary skills when necessary just as all coaches do in the athletic arena. After coaching volleyball for the past 35 years, he is excited to make this change in his professional career and move onto a new adventure as an administrator and coach in a new role!

Coach Burmaster began his coaching career at Logan with the 2010 Boys' Varsity Volleyball team, and continued to coach the Boys program for each of the last three years. Each year the team was ranked in the Top 15 in the East Bay Area rankings and qualified for the CIF North Coast Section quarter-finals each year after finishing in 2nd place in MVAL each season. One highlight was winning trophies at the SLO Town Tourney in San Luis Obispo, where he had coached both the Boys and Girls programs over an 11-year career which included starting the Boys program and initiating the "SLO Town Tourney" that continues to attract top-level competition from all over the state. In addition, the Boys' program qualified to host the CIF NCS 1st round match last season and then won that match to advance to the quarter-finals for the third consecutive year.

Coach Burmaster began coaching the JV Girls Volleyball team in 2010 and led them to the MVAL League Championship. Then, after he was selected as the Girls' Varsity Coach for the 2011 season, he brought the core group of JV players with him to a well-stocked Varsity team that had underachieved the previous season with a 6-6 record. The addition of some key players with winning attitudes and the additional push from a new coach propelled the Girls' Varsity team to an MVAL League Championship, as well as qualifying to host a CIF NCS first-round match. That season also saw the Colts win the Silver Division Championship at the San Luis Obispo Invitational, and finish as runner-up at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, AZ. After winning their first match of the NCS tournament, the Colts fell to the eventual NCS champion in the CIF NCS Quarter-Finals. The 2012 Colts Varsity team overcame a lot of adversity, and despite graduating seven seniors from the previous year and starting a freshmen and two sophomores by the end of the season, the team finished in third place in MVAL and qualified for the CIF NCS playoffs for the second consecutive year. In addition, they came together and bonded with each other as a team and enjoyed a wonderful season of camaraderie on and off the court!

Things continue to look bright for both the Boys and the Girls Volleyball programs at James Logan High School. Both teams return a strong core of players for the 2013 season and both teams will be in a strong position to compete for a MVAL League Championship and advance deep into the CIF North Coast Section playoffs!

Go Colts!

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