Lakewood Honors Retiring CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod

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At halftime of Lakewood’s CIF-SS Division 8 football championship game, the Lancers honored retiring CIF-SS commissioner Rob Wigod, who will step down at the end of this school year. Wigod is a Wilson alum but coached not only at his alma mater but at Lakewood, where he was a coach and an athletic director for 14 years. Wigod moved on to Los Alamitos High after that before making the jump into the CIF-SS office.

Wigod was on hand as the CIF-SS’ administrative rep for the game, a fitting full circle moment for the Long Beach native. The school administration surprised him by asking him to walk out to midfield at halftime, where he stood with Lakewood officials as announce Jeff Evans read a tribute thanking Wigod for his service in the Moore League and in the CIF-SS office.

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.