A high school football power has called on a california prep legend to take over the reigns.
The Orange County Register is reporting that former Giants middle linebacker, and current ESPN analyst Antonio Pierce has been named the new head football coach at Long Beach Poly.
Pierce, a Compton native, spent nine seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins and New York Giants, with whom he won a Super Bowl title (2007 season). He made the Pro Bowl in 2006 after recording a career-high 109 tackles.
Pierce, a graduate of Paramount High, has no coaching experience.
“He always overachieved and I felt, personally, every player can look into that and draw inspiration from that,” said a parent of a player in the Long Beach Poly football program. “This is an exciting time for Long Beach Poly.”
Long Beach Poly has sent more than 60 players to the NFL — no high school has sent more — including Eagles WR DeSean Jackson.