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Report: Long Beach Poly hires former NFL linebacker Antonio Pierce as next coach

Former NFL linebacker Antonio Pierce is the next football coach at Long Beach Poly. / USA TODAY Sports

Long Beach Poly has found the successor for longtime football coach Raul Lara, who retired in December after 13 seasons and five CIF titles. The Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that Poly will formally introduce former NFL linebacker and current ESPN analyst Antonio Pierce at a press conference today.

The Press-Telegram reports that Pierce, who starred at nearby Paramount High School and played nine seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins and New York Giants, beat out Poly assistants Jeff Turley and AJ Luke for the job. Pierce lacks coaching experience at the high school level, but he has hosted free youth camps in the Long Beach area for several years.

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Pierce, who won a Super Bowl title with the Giants in 2007, is expected to retain some of the Jackrabitts' current assistant coaches. He has a tough act to follow. Lara went 142-30 and made it to the CIF semifinals in nine out of his 13 seasons at the helm.



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