From Player to Head Coach

The new Head Coach of the Bantams for the 2014 Season, James Medina is more than just a Coach - he is a former player with a lot of history in the Raider Organization.


Coach James played for the Raiders in 1996 - 1997. He began is Raider Career as Quarterback for the Bantams and then continued the next year as Quarterback for the Intermediates. In 1996 Coach James led the League in total touchdowns, scoring 11 times. He made it to the Championship and played in the All-Star Game in 1997.

"Playing for the Raiders was one of the best experiences of my life. Having lost to the Falcons in 1996 motivated me and my team to make it to the Championships in 1997. Our win in the 1997 Playoffs against the Rosedale Jets was the beginning of a decade of dominance for our Organization. Playing for the Raiders not only taught me about football but also taught me many life lessons I still hold true to, even today." - Coach James


Coach James began coaching in 2003 as an Assistant Offensive Coach for the Bantams. From 2006 - 2008 Coach James was the Offensive Coordinator for the Intermediates reaching back-to-back Championships in 2006 and 2007. Working side by side with Head Coach Don LaSala and Assistant Head Coach K., the Intermediates succeeded in winning against the undefeated Brooklyn Skyhawks at the 2007 Championship game at Hofstra University. In 2013, Coach James continued coaching for the Intermediates alongside Coach Don and the Intermediate coaching staff as Offensive Coordinator and helped coached his team to back to the Playoffs and lead the league in offense.



The Bayside Raiders Organization appointed Coach James as the new Head Coach for the Bantams.

"I am honored and incredibly motivated to lead the Bantams back to the top and help restore past glory to the Organization. There is no greater feeling than to be able to give back to an Organization that has given so much to me." - Coach James