SAN JOSE — Two months after legendary football coach Mike Janda announced that he was stepping down, Bellarmine has named his replacement.
Jalal Beauchman, a former standout receiver at the school and the program’s freshman head coach this past season, is taking over the varsity program, the school announced Monday
“I have dedicated my entire coaching career to carrying on the Bellarmine football tradition,” Beauchman said in a statement. “Developing the complete Bellarmine student-athlete, in line with the school’s commitment to Catholic and Jesuit values, has been the honor of my life; and leading the program back to the prominence it enjoyed for so long under Coach Janda is my dream.”
Beauchman was the West Catholic Athletic League’s receiver of the year in 2005. He went on to stand out at San Jose State, where he graduated in 2010.
He was a team captain at San Jose State and third on the university’s all-time receptions list when he left.
Bellarmine’s freshman team last season went 9-0 and won the league title.
“Jalal is an innovative coach who will continue the legendary Bellarmine football tradition,” athletic director Mike Sullivan said in a news release. “We are excited for the leadership, passion, and direction he will bring to our program.”
Janda, 69, led Bellarmine to six Central Coast Section and 14 West Catholic Athletic League championships. His team won a Northern California regional crown in 2015 and played in three state title games.
He finished with 286 wins, the most in section history.
Bellarmine was a Bay Area power for decades under Janda but had fallen on hard times since one of the coach’s most memorable triumphs, a stunning victory over Folsom in the 2015 NorCal Division 1-AA final that made Janda’s the CCS’s winningest coach.
Since that night, the Bells have won just 16 games.