Raul Lara
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Football: Raul Lara Resigns From Warren

Legendary Long Beach Poly football coach Raul Lara confirmed Wednesday evening that he is stepping down from Warren, where he’s had a successful five-year tenure.

Lara is known locally for winning five CIF Southern Section championships with the Jackrabbits, more than any other coach in history. A Poly alum, Lara resigned the Poly job following the 2013 season, and began coaching Warren in 2014. The Bears had gone 1-29 in the three seasons before Lara’s arrival, but he led an immediate turnaround.

Warren went 5-5 in Lara’s first year then 24-18-1 with multiple playoff wins.
Lara said he’s still exploring his next step.

Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.