According to Gazette Sports, former New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce will be named the new head coach of Long Beach Poly High School.
We’ve confirmed with several sources that the next head football coach at Long Beach Poly will be former New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce.
The school will formally announce the hire in a press conference in the Poly auditorium at 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
Pierce will be the Jackrabbits’ 25th head coach in their 106-year history, and follows Raul Lara, who won a school-record five CIF titles before stepping away in December. He is the team’s first hire from outside the program since Troy Winslow was named head coach in 1971, after beating out current Poly assistants Jeff Turley and AJ Luke.
Pierce is a native of Compton, who played his prep football at Paramount High. He went on to Mt. San Antonio College and then Arizona. He was undrafted, but went on to a successful NFL career with the Redskins and Giants that lasted a decade, including a Pro Bowl berth in 2006. He was a starter on the Giants Super Bowl team in 2007.
Being a California native it’s not a surprise that Pierce seems to be giving up his career with ESPN for now. He would often have to travel back and forth from California to New York and/or Connecticut.