jim stangeland rip former coach at usc csu lb and lb city college

Former USC assistant football coach Jim Stangeland, who was on the staff of the Trojans’ 1967 national championship team and also was the head football coach at Long Beach State and Long Beach City College, died on Saturday (Oct. 25) in Huntington Beach of natural causes. He was 92.

Stangeland was an assistant under USC head coach John McKay for four seasons (1965-68). During that span, the Trojans went 33-8-2, played in three Rose Bowls, won three conference titles and produced two Heisman Trophy winners. Troy’s 1967 national championship squad went 10-1 and defeated Indiana in the Rose Bowl.

He then was the head coach at Long Beach State for five seasons (1969-73), where he posted a 31-24-2 mark and won a pair of Pacific Coast Athletic Association championships. His 1970 team was 9-2-1 and played in the only bowl game in the school’s history (tying Louisville in the Pasadena Bowl).

Before joining the USC staff, Stangeland was the head coach at Long Beach City College for eight years (1957-64), going 59-12-3 and guiding undefeated Vikings teams to national championships in 1960, 1962 and 1964. He was 5-0 in bowl games at LBCC. He also was an assistant track coach on several LBCC state title teams.

Stangeland began his 24-year football coaching career as the head coach at North Phoeniz (Ariz.) High from 1950 to 1953 and then at Downey (Calif.) High in 1954 and 1955. He next was an assistant coach at Orange Coast Junior College in 1956.

He was an All-CIF end in football and also a pole vaulter at Huntington Beach (Calif.) High. He set the school’s pole vault record that stood for 50 years (it was broken by a vaulter he helped coach).

He was a member of USC’s football and track teams in 1942, but his Trojan career was sidelined by a knee injury so he became a pilot in the Air Force. He then went to Arizona State, where he was a 4-time Border Conference pole vault champion and played defensive end on the 1948 Sun Devil football team.

He was inducted into the Long Beach State Hall of Fame, Long Beach City College Hall of Champions and California Community College Football Coaches Hall of Fame.

After coaching, he was in the real estate and mortgage business in Long Beach.

A funeral and a celebration of life are being planned. For more information, contact his son-in-law, Kirk Rinella, at .

Stangeland is survived by his daughters, Peggy and Marianne, as well as five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, and a daughter, Julie.




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