Twenty-three years is a long time to spend at one place. Such was the case for Raul Lara at Long Beach Poly.
And he accomplished plenty with the Jackrabbits. Of his 23 years at Long Beach Poly, 13 were spent as head coach. During that span, Poly won five CIF-SS championships, advanced to two state bowl games and compiled a record of 142-30. The last three of his CIF sectional titles broke up the monotony of the Trinity League’s stranglehold on the PAC-5 Division.
Since its inception in 2006, the Trinity League has won five of the eight PAC-5 crowns. Poly, under Lara’s guidance, is the only team outside the Trinity League to win a PAC-5 title. He won three.