St. Francis High School football coach Jim Bonds dies at 51

Jim Bonds, the 20-year football coach at St. Francis High School in La Cañada, died Wednesday morning. Bonds was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in the spring of 2018 and initially went into remission before suffering a setback. He was 51.

Bonds won a CIF Southern Section football championship in 1986 as a quarterback at Newhall Hart. He went on to play at UCLA before beginning a career teaching and coaching.

In Bonds’ 20 years as head coach at St. Francis, the Golden Knights made the postseason 19 times. Former players and local coaches have posted on social media to honor and celebrate their coach and friend.

Former St. Francis quarterback Darius Perrantes, a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island, tweeted Wednesday morning:

I’m completely heartbroken… man ! Coach Bonds, I love you coach, you fought so hard for so long and I couldn’t be more proud. You did so much for not only me but also the whole St. Francis community, and we couldn’t be more grateful to be apart of you! To the Bonds family, my family and I send our love and condolences, Coach meant so much to us in so many ways! If there is anything we can do, please don’t hesitate, we love you all dearly and always.

https://twitter.com/dmperrantes/status/1321473062714236928?s=20

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This morning I lost my Uncle, Best friend, Second Dad, Coach. A legend at Hart High, and played football and baseball at UCLA. My Uncle Jimmy Bonds has been one of the greatest mentors in my life and has impacted me greatly. “Under promise, over deliver” I love you Jimmy Bonds.

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