CSULB Rugby Release
Long Beach State is proud to announce the addition of Former US Eagle, Peter Sio, to the Rugby coaching staff. Peter will be taking the lead role of the 49ers 7’s program and is set to become a backs coach during the 15’s season. Peter had developed and run a very successful UCLA 7’s program which saw the Bruins to the CRC Tournament Championship game in 2018. This was the same year that he coached the Belmont Shore men’s team to the D1 National Club Championship.
“Southern California’s Gold Coast Conference is moving forward with developing its 7’s competition and a pathway to nationals, and we are very excited to have Peter take the lead and put us in a position to be very successful. We have a very talented group of incoming freshmen this year to add to our already strong roster. The players are champing at the bit to get out on the field and start running once the school allows it.” stated LBSU Head Coach Jason Reynolds.
Former HSAA Jacob Cortinas, who was a Gold Coast 1st Team All-Conference selection as a freshman last season, said “Peter Sio is a great addition to the coaching staff at Long Beach. We have a large group of talented players that would excel in the game of 7s. Most of the team grew up around the Long Beach area, so he can relate to the boys and be a natural fit with the team as he was once a Belmont shore player himself.”
The last time Long Beach State had put a real focus on 7’s was in 2013 and ‘14 when former Eagle Al Lakomskis was coaching with the program. Peter is a proven coach that excels at getting the most potential out of his players. His knowledge and experience will make an immediate impact on the young talent we currently have. We are very excited to see the effect we will have in 7’s under his direction.