Long Beach City College interim athletic director Randy Totorp has announced the hiring of Brett Peabody as the new head coach of the Viking football program. Peabody replaces previous head coach, Mike Reisbig and will assume an adjunct faculty position.
Coach Peabody comes to LBCC after a 10-year (2003-12) coaching
career at nearby Los Angeles Harbor College, including the past
three as head coach. Over three seasons, Peabody compiled a 21-12
overall record, was 12-4 in conference play and led Harbor to three
consecutive bowl game appearances. His 2010 squad was 8-3 and went
undefeated in conference play (5-0) on its way to a Central West
“This is an incredible moment for me, my family, and my staff,” said Peabody, the college’s 21st head coach in the program’s history. “I’m very excited to get started at Long Beach City College. This is a program that I have always admired.”
While at Harbor, Peabody served as quarterbacks coach in 2003, was named offensive coordinator in 2004, and was promoted to assistant head coach in 2009 before taking over the program in 2010. As assistant head coach in 2009, Harbor went 9-2, won the American Mountain Conference championship, and secured a spot in a postseason bowl game.
“Brett has done a tremendous job at Harbor Community College and we are excited for him to take the helm and lead our football program and student-athletes here at LBCC,” said Totorp.
Peabody’s goals for his football program are simple, recruit local talent, win state championships, and transfer kids out to four-year colleges. Since 2010, Peabody helped transfer 60 of his student-athletes at Harbor, including 39 to NCAA Division I/IA universities. He expects more to transfer from his 2012 squad as well.
“We plan on emphasizing local recruiting to get the best players available from our area,” he said. “We take great pride in transferring our kids out.”
Prior to Harbor, Peabody was the head coach at South High School in Torrance from 1998-2001. Over four seasons, he compiled a 26-18-3 overall record and led South to three straight playoff appearances (1999-2001). In 1999, South captured an Ocean League championship while Peabody was named the league coach of the year.
While at South, Peabody coached numerous athletes to college scholarships, including four to NCAA Division I universities. Topping that list are former NFL running back Chauncey Washington (USC) and CIF offensive player of the year David Aupiu (Montana State).
As a player, Peabody was an All-Olympic League defensive back at Miraleste High School in Ranchos Palos Verdes. He played one season at Northern Arizona University before transferring to Santa Barbara City College.
Peabody earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and was awarded his master’s degree from Ball State University in physical education/coaching.
“We are proud to have Brett Peabody join the Long Beach City College Athletics family,” said Connie Sears, Dean of Student Affairs, Kinesiology and Athletics. “At Harbor, he demonstrated a continued level of success not only on the field, but by transferring his student-athletes on to four-year institutions. We look forward to an exciting future for the LBCC Football program.”
Peabody, his wife Celeste, and three children currently reside in San Pedro. He is also the co-owner, founder, and director of The Next Level Football Academy.
Arnold Ale begins his first season as a member of the Long Beach
City College football coaching staff in 2013.
Ale has played in the NFL, won a National Championship, and has also coached at the collegiate and high school levels.
For the past two seasons (2010-12), Ale served as linebackers and special teams coach at LA Harbor College for now LBCC head coach Brett Peabody. He also had the opportunity to serve as a defensive line intern coach with the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2012 NFL playoffs.
Prior to Harbor, Ale was the head coach at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance from 2002-09. In 2008, he led Bishop Montgomery to its first CIF Northwest Division playoff berth and a Camino Real League championship since 1983.
Ale was also the head coach at St. Anthony High School for one season in 2001 and was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Carson High School (1997-98).
As a player, Ale earned All-American, All-State, All-City, and All-South Bay honors at Carson High School. He went on to play at Notre Dame and started four games for the Irish, including their National Championship win in the 1989 Fiesta Bowl. Ale sat out the next season and played his final three seasons back home at UCLA.
Ale went on to play professionally for the San Diego Chargers (1996) and Kansas City Chiefs (1994) as well as the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe.
Ale earned his Bachelor’s degree in sociology at UCLA and received his Master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Central Missouri.
|Title:||Assistant Coach / Quarterbacks|
Former LBCC standout quarterback Neo Aoga returns for his 12th
season as a member of Viking coaching staff in 2012. Aoga will
serve as offensive coordinator and will coach quarterbacks.
Aoga is quite possibly the greatest quarterback to ever take the field for the Vikings – and his numbers prove it.
He shattered almost every LBCC passing record, including most passing yards in a season (3,626), most passing yards in a career (6,652), most touchdowns in a season (37), and most career touchdown passes (59).
In 1995, he was named National Junior College Player of the Year and guided the Vikings to a perfect 11-0 record and a national championship.
Following his career at LBCC, Aoga continued playing at Azusa Pacific. After college, Aoga played for NFL Europe’s Barcelona Dragons and the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Rough Riders.
|Title:||Assistant Coach / Offensive Line|
Wilder De Leon has been coaching football for the past 14
years. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, North
High School in Torrance where he served as the offensive and
defensive line coach for seven years. While at North, Coach De Leon
was fortunate to coach future Arizona State offensive lineman
Robert Gustavis, and University of Hawai’i offensive lineman
De Leon then left North to coach at Los Angeles Harbor College where he coached the offensive line for the past seven years. At Harbor, he has coached All-Americans, all-state, and many all-conference offensive linemen that have all moved on to four-year schools, including John Miller (Syracuse), Rheid Skipps (Duquesne), Niu Sale (Wash. St.), Joey Trapp (Miss. St.), Josh Jourdan, (S.E. Missouri St.), Demetrious Amos (Idaho St.).
He is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, with a Bachelor's degree in kinesiology and physical education with an option in kinesiotherapy. He earned his Master’s degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills in physical education administration.
De Leon is a married father of two boys.
|Title:||Assistant Coach / Tight Ends|
Robert Estrada begins his first season as a member of the Long
Beach City Football coaching staff in 2013
Estrada has served in a variety of coaching positions at the community college and high school levels. Estrada was the special teams coordinator at Hawthorne High School (2008), wide receiver coach and recruiting coordinator at L.A. Southwest College (2009-2010), assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at El Camino College (2012), and tight end coach at L.A. Harbor College (2012).
In addition to coaching, Estrada is an instructing professor of health and physical education with the Los Angeles Community College District.
He is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University with a Bachelor’s degree in sports management. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Central Missouri in sports management, and is currently pursuing an Educational Doctorate (Ed.D) in sports management from the United States Sports Academy.
|Title:||Assistant Coach / Running Backs|
Jeff Evans has served a variety of coaching positions at the community college and high school level. Evans worked as the Harbor Community College linebacker coach (05-06), Co-Special Teams coordinator (06), prior to coaching the running backs for five seasons (07-10, 12). In that time, the Seahawks had standout performances by all-conference RBs (7) and D1 recruits (3) including John White IV who broke HJC career records in TDs (41) and rushing yards (2,527).
In addition to coaching football, Evans has held the Co-Head Softball coaching position at LA Harbor College (09-10, 12-13). The Lady Seahawks made the State Playoffs (2010) in just their second season of play.
Evans has held numerous positions at local Banning High School, including: Head Track & Field Coach (03), Head Football Coach (04), and Athletic Director (2005-06). Evans currently is employed by LAUSD and Banning High School as a Social Science educator (2001-present).
Prior to moving to Long Beach, California in 2001, Evans coached a variety of other sports in Nebraska high schools; including assistant coach for the 8-man Overton Eagles (1999).
Evans is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, and graduated from the University of Nebraska Kearney in 1999. He received his Master of Science in 2010 from Azusa Pacific University.
Evans played outside linebacker at Midland College, Fremont, NE (1994). He and his wife, Louisa are proud parents of their son, Payton, and daughter, Aleena.
|Title:||Assistant Coach / Offensive Coordinator|
Sean Flynn, a native of nearby Torrance, was born on April 2,
1985. He attended South Torrance High School where he lettered in
football (for Coach Brett Peabody), basketball, baseball and track
and field. Flynn was a two-time all-league selection in football
and basketball, a pitcher on the baseball team and a long jumper
and high jumper in track and field. In 2003, he earned first-team
All-CIF basketball honors.
Flynn then attended Los Angeles Harbor College where he continued to play football and basketball. While at L.A. Harbor, he was third among 2005 California Community College players in total offense, was named second-team All-Western States Conference, and a 2005 JC Grid-Wire Academic All-American selection.
Flynn averaged 292.1 yards per game of total offense for Los Angeles Harbor College, passed for 2006 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also ran for 331 yards and scored six touchdowns in the eight games he played. His ratios of touchdown passes-to-interceptions and interceptions-to-pass attempts ranked among the top-five in the state in 2005.
After playing at Los Angeles Harbor College Coach Flynn accepted a full athletic scholarship to play football at San Jose State where he graduated with a B.A. in sociology and minored in criminology.
Coach Flynn joined the coaching staff at L.A. Harbor in 2010 as the quarterbacks coach. In 2012 he became the offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks coach where in his first year he had a quarterback make All- Conference while the other was named honorable mention.
|Title:||Assistant Coach / Defensive Backs|
Darnell Lacy was born Oct. 22, 1978 in Los Angeles, CA. He
attended Juniper Serra High School where he lettered in football,
basketball, and track. He was a high school All-American in
football and later accepted a full athletic scholarship to attend
the University of Southern California (USC). Coach Lacy played free
safety at USC from 1996-1999.
After USC, he went on to play arena football for Fresno Frenzy (AFL2) in 2002, the San Diego Riptide in 2003, and the Central Valley Coyotes in 2004.
Coach Lacy began his coaching career at Santa Monica College in 2010 as the defensive backs coach. He was a key part of the coaching staff in 2011 that led SMC to their first conference championship in 20 years. In 2012, Coach Lacy joined LA Harbor College as its defensive backs coach.
In the offseason, Coach Lacy mentors and trains young athletes for the Gridiron Football Academy. Coach Lacy is married with two kids (one boy and girl) and lives in Carson.
|Title:||Assistant Coach / Offensive Line|
Mike Reisbig stepped down as head ocach of the Long Beach City College football program following the 2012 season and plans to stay on with the team as an assistant coach.
Reisbig originally joined the LBCC coaching staff in 1992 as an assistant. Since then, Reisbig has held numerous positions on the coaching staff, including associate head coach, offensive coordinator, and has coached every offensive position for the Vikings.
During his coaching tenure at LBCC, the Vikings won a national
championship in 1995, have captured six conference championships,
and have made 11 bowl game appearances.
In 2011 as head coach, he led the Vikings to a SCFA Central West Division championship and a spot in the Central Championship Bowl.
In his first season as head coach in 2008, Reisbig led the Vikings to a 4-6 overall record and a sixth place finish (1-5) in the SCFA National Division Southern Conference.
Prior to his arrival at LBCC, Reisbig totaled five years of head coaching experience at the high school level.
Reisbig was head coach at St. Anthony High School for two seasons (1987-88) and in 1987, he led his squad to a 9-3 record and a league championship. Reisbig was also head coach at Aquinas High School in San Bernardino from 1989-91.
From 1982-87, Reisbig was an assistant coach at Pasadena City College.
Reisbig earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Cal Poly Pomona and earned his master’s at Azusa Pacific University.
He and his wife Lori live in Huntington Beach with their two sons, Richard and Robert.