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L.A. Rams Honor Long Beach Poly’s Stephen Barbee as High School Coach of the Week

When it comes to high school football, fans across the nation know about Long Beach Poly.

Since the 1920s, the Jackrabbits have produced 60 NFL players, including current players such as JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marcedes Lewis and NFL Legends like DeSean Jackson, Jurell Casey, and Willie McGinest.

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Long Beach Poly has over 800 wins and 20 CIF Southern Section championships. In 2018, Stephen Barbee took over the program from former NFL linebacker Antonio Pierce, who guided the program to a 35-11 record over a four-year period.

After back-to-back eight wins seasons in 2018 and 2019, Barbee took the Jackrabbits to the CIF-SS Division 4 championship game in 2021 and a perfect 10-0 regular season in 2022. Last year, the Rams honored Barbee as the team's finalist for the prestigious Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.

The Jackrabbits are off to a 6-1 start this year and ranked No. 51 in the High School Football America 100, powered by NFL Play Football. As a result of the great start, the Rams have named Barbee their High School Coach of the Week.

High School Football America’s Jeff Fisher talked to Barbee about turning around the program.

Below are the Week 3 Coach of the Week winners from across the NFL. 


NFL Team

Coach of the Week


Baltimore Ravens

Anthony Zehyoue

Loyola Blakefield HS

Buffalo Bills - Rochester Region

Andy Englert

Avon HS

Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Region

Tim Delaney

South Park HS

Cleveland Browns

Matt Dennison

Canton South HS

Houston Texans

Cornelius Freeman

Hightower HS

Indianapolis Colts

Bud Ozmun

Oak Hill HS

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lawrence Johnson

Ed White HS

Kansas City Chiefs - Kansas

Camron Smith

Washington HS

Kansas City Chiefs - Missouri

Regi Trotter

St. Joseph Central HS

Las Vegas Raiders

Rich Muraco

Liberty HS

New England Patriots

Duane Sigsbury

Billerica Memorial HS

New York Jets

Dominick DeMatteo

Mahopac HS

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ryan Linn

Moon Area HS

Tennssee Titans

Brian Rector

Father Ryan HS



NFL Team

Coach of the Week


Atlanta Falcons

Cam Jones

Duluth HS

Detroit Lions

Jake Weingartz

Davison HS

Green Bay Packers

Kevin Shillcox

Two Rivers HS

Los Angeles Rams

Stephen Barbee

Long Beach Poly HS

Minnesota Vikings

Chris Mensink

Fillmore Central HS

New Orleans Saints

Kenneth Bourgeois

Patrick Taylor Science & Tech

New York Giants

Kevin Freeman

Carteret HS

Philadelphia Eagles

Rich Drayton

Central HS

Washington Commanders

James May

Page County HS



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