TEAM & PROSPECT PREVIEW: Long Beach CC

Head Coach Larry Reisbig of Long Beach City College has coached for over four decades. So, naturally, as he enters his 41st year in the coaching profession the question of when he will retire pops up. "I take it on a year-to-year basis. I'll take this year and when it's done I'll reevaluate," said Reisbig.

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 task himself.

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.

Here are the players that are expected to make an impact in 2002:

Quarterback

Brandon Fasavalu (6-2, 240)
Notes: Returning player. Used mostly in short yardage situations last year.  Played and won CIF title under Jaso at Poly.

Running Back

Craig Richardson (6-1, 195)
Notes: Returning starter. Was third in conference in rushing with 1,049 yards  (In 2001: 196-1,049 - 3 TDs).

Paul Ier (5-11, 200) FR
Notes: Attended Long Beach Milikan HS

Wide Receiver / Tight End

TE Keenan Johnson (6-3, 288) FR
Notes: Grey-shirt last year and was converted from OL.

Darrin Ross (6-1, 180)
Notes: Returning starter

Acey Mobley (5-9, 170) FR
Notes: Attended Compton HS

Offensive Line

C Noa Pouono (6-3, 280)
Notes: "We think he's real good."  Returning starter.  Played G and T last year.

OT John Drake (6-4, 360)
Notes: Returning starter

OG Rudy Martinez (6-2, 285)
Notes:  Returning player. "He may be our strongest guy on the team."

OL Matt Yocum (6-5, 315)
Notes: Bounceback from Montana State

Defensive Line

Three starters returning.

Lateef Smith (6-2, 245)
Notes: 22 years old. Returning starter. Former walk-on.

DT Paueli Tamasoa (6-0, 280)
Notes: Returning starter

DE Ray Tago (6-3, 280)
Notes: Highly recruited out of LB Poly HS. Was on many prep All-American teams and committed to USC his senior year. Returning starter.

Linebacker

Abdul Miranda (6-2, 235)
Notes: Transfer from Compton College.

Nate Tago (6-2, 225)
Notes: Returning player. "Very fast."

Kaz Kasiano (5-11, 215)
Notes: Returning player.

Jonathon Miller (6-2, 240) FR
Notes: Edison HS graduate. All-CIF.

Defensive Backs

CB Rashon Brooks (5-8, 158)
Notes: Returning starter. Top cover-corner, who is also working out at WR.

DB Curlee Dorn (5-11, 185)
Notes: Returning starter. 

S Jerome Moss (6-1, 180)
Notes: Returning starter. "We expect a lot from him."

DB Craig Flammang (6-0, 175).
Notes: Returning starter.

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 lives."

The Vikings figure to be a contender in the Mission Conference this season so don't figure on Reisbig retiring just yet.

 


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