Former COC head football coach Larry Reisbig dies at 72

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Larry Reisbig

The College of the Canyons Athletic Department suffered a huge loss yesterday when Former Head Football Coach Larry Reisbig died on April 10, at the age of 72.

Reisbig was a member of the inaugural COC football program where he served as an assistant coach in 1970. He would eventually become the head coach prior to the 1973 season.

Reisbig’s tenure as the head football coach lasted from 1973-1981 where COC won two conference titles (1973, 1975) and had an overall record of 51-38. This success led him to be inducted into the COC athletic hall of fame in Jan. 2009.

COC’s current Athletic director and Dean of Physical Education Chuck Lyon, was the starting quarterback for Reisbig during the 1975  season when he was a student at COC. The two developed a very close friendship and Lyon would even serve as an assistant coach under Reisbig for multiple seasons.

“He was my coach, mentor, friend and my second dad,” Lyon said. I learned so much about life from that man. I’m at College of the Canyons today because of Larry Reisbig, no doubt about it.”

Reisbig left COC in 1981 when the school temporarily disbanded its football program. He would however continue his coaching career at other schools such as Pasadena City College, Long Beach State University, Orange Coast College and Long Beach City College.

During his time with the LBCC football program he served as the head coach for 11 seasons, set the record for most wins in the programs history (83), won six division titles and also served as the school’s Athletic Director from 2003 until 2010.

These accomplishments led Reisbig to also be elected into the  Long Beach City College Hall of Champions, as well as the California Junior College Football Coaches Hall of Champions.

Reisbig grew up in the Los Angeles area where he played football at Van Nuys High School and would continue his playing career at Washington State University.

Reisbig is survived by his wife Patty, two children Mike and Stephanie, as well as three grandchildren and two great-grand children.


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