"And the new Head Coach of YOUR Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits ... a coach from a D7 Episcopal school in south Orange County with no discernible ties to Long Beach!! #ALLPOLY #FUNKhouse #3StripeLife"
Wish I could have been at THAT press conference.
Congrats to Stephen Barbee. Did a helluva job under tough circumstances at St. M's in 2014, going 15-0 before losing in the state game. Defensive guy, seems to be a solid coach. Actually didn't even coach last season for whatever reason (Albano says he was "replaced on an interim basis").
However ... the jump from playing Crean Lutheran and Calvary Chapel to Mater Dei and Bosco is IMMENSE. Not to mention going from trying to get a couple kids that would have gone to Tesoro or San Juan Hills, to trying to keep Bosco, Narbonne and Serra from taking most of the top players within your area reach.
Out of the box hire by the LBP admins for sure. I'm not saying Poly MEANT to hire the anti-Antonio Pierce, but ...
Coach B has a tough road ahead with all the obstacles Poly is facing lately. Lots of school district strife, AP and staff clearly wanted out, and they didn't even field a JV team last season. Good luck to him. Much like Coach Sweatbox returning to Servite, this should be nothing if not interesting.