Arizona State hired former Arizona standout linebacker Antonio Pierce on Friday morning to become the new linebackers coach.
Most recently Pierce was the head coach of Long Beach Poly High in California. After leaving UA, he had a nine-year career in the NFL
“I am happy to announce that Antonio Pierce will join our football staff as our linebackers coach,” Edwards said in a statement from the school. “Antonio has not only competed at the highest level of football as a linebacker himself in the NFL for nearly a decade, but he has also coached at the highest level of high school football in his time at Long Beach Poly. He will be a valuable addition to our staff and someone we expect to immediately have an impact on our program.”
Pierce, who worked for ESPN before going to Poly High, said: “I cannot thank Herm Edwards and Ray Anderson enough for this opportunity. My passion for football has guided me through life and having the chance to help develop and have an impact on the lives of young men is something I look forward to every day I come to work. I absolutely look forward to getting my feet on the ground in Tempe.”
A native of Long Beach, Calif., Pierce played college football at the University of Arizona. As a senior, he had three sacks, 77 tackles (10 for losses), two forced fumbles, one interception, and one blocked kick for the Wildcats. Prior to Arizona, Pierce attended Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.