Reisbig nearly stepped down after a frustrating
sequence of events beginning in 1998.
Long Beach had gone undefeated (10-0) in the '98 regular season
and were ranked number one by the JC Grid-Wire going into the
Southern California Championship game.
In a shocker, LBCC was soundly defeated. A short time later
Reisbig lost his academic advisor, which meant he had to take on the
Finally, after a poor '99 season, he felt that
maybe it was time to step down. "I
looked around and, hey, after 38 years of coaching it just wasn't
worth it," said Reisbig. "But the school got me another academic
advisor in place and I've got Jerry Jaso another full-time coach.
So it makes life a lot better."
Indeed, the heir apparent to Reisbig appears to be
Jaso, who joined the Vikings' staff last year and coached the
quarterbacks and receivers. His name should be familiar to all those who
have followed prep football in SoCal. Before joining Reisbig at LBCC,
Jaso headed up the legendary Long Beach Poly football program.
Right now coach Reisbig is completely focused on
the upcoming season, which begins with a WSC crossover game against
talented LA Valley at LBCC on September
14. Four- and two-year college coaches think that Long Beach has
the talent to compete for a Mission Conference title.
Four- and two-year college coaches think that Long Beach has the talent to compete for a Mission Conference title.
Here are the players that are expected to make an
impact in 2002:
Brandon Fasavalu (6-2, 240)
Craig Richardson (6-1, 195)
Paul Ier (5-11, 200) FR
Wide Receiver / Tight End
TE Keenan Johnson (6-3, 288) FR
Darrin Ross (6-1, 180)
Acey Mobley (5-9, 170) FR
C Noa Pouono (6-3, 280)
OT John Drake (6-4, 360)
OG Rudy Martinez (6-2, 285)
OL Matt Yocum (6-5, 315)
Three starters returning.
Lateef Smith (6-2, 245)
DT Paueli Tamasoa (6-0, 280)
DE Ray Tago (6-3, 280)
Abdul Miranda (6-2, 235)
Nate Tago (6-2, 225)
Kaz Kasiano (5-11, 215)
Jonathon Miller (6-2, 240) FR
CB Rashon Brooks (5-8, 158)
DB Curlee Dorn (5-11, 185)
S Jerome Moss (6-1, 180)
DB Craig Flammang (6-0, 175).
For Reisbig, it's all about the players and that
is why he continues to come back and coach year after year. "I've always liked seeing this level kid succeed," he
said. "If the young man
really believes in football…he's willing to sacrifice and then do
the things in the classroom that he has to do to succeed…After
they've done it and they've gone through two years and they've
been real successful they're pretty grateful for that time in their
The Vikings figure to be a contender in the Mission Conference this season so don't figure on Reisbig retiring just yet.
TEAM & PROSPECT PREVIEW: Long Beach CC
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