New Year, New Leader.

Shortly before the Christmas break Loyola varsity head football coach Rick Pedroarias ‘84 announced that he would be stepping down as the man in charge of Cub Football after two seasons at the helm of the program, citing health and family reasons. It is anticipated that the school will name its new head coach within the next week. Coach Pedroarias is expected to continue working as a varsity line coach. 

COLEMAN SHELTON ‘13, an All-Serra League lineman for the Cubs, had a superlative career at the University of Washington where he earned All-PAC 12 honors as a three year starter at multiple positions on the offensive line, ended up becoming a member of the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad after beginning his pro career with the San Francisco 49ers. It was just announced that Shelton has signed on to the Cardinals’ team roster . . . ANTHONY BARR ‘10 was selected to a fourth consecutive Pro Bowl as an outside linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings. The 6-5, 255 lb. All-Pro was the Serra League Offensive Player of the Year at Loyola and went on to earn first team All-American honors at UCLA in addition to winning the Lott Award as college football’s top defensive player . . . CHRIS CONTE ‘07, was having another strong campaign for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before an injury ended his eighth NFL season prematurely . . . DAVID LONG ‘16, an Army All-American, All-State and All-CIF Division I corner at Loyola, has decided to leave the University of Michigan early for the NFL after an All-Big 12 season at Michigan. Long started for the Wolverines in their bowl game against Florida. He is projected as among the best college corners in the upcoming NFL draft . . . There is speculation that former Cub All-State corner MYLES BRYANT ‘16, who has had a brilliant career at the University of Washington as a starting nickel corner may also pursue his NFL dreams after a stellar junior campaign. Bryant had a standout defensive performance for the Huskies in their 28-23 loss to Ohio State in Tuesday’s Rose Bowl . . . It is expected that STEFAN FLINTOFT ‘14, UCLA’s starting punter, could make an NFL roster this summer along with fifth-year starting USC offensive guard CHRIS BROWN ‘14, who was an All-State and All-CIF road grader for the Loyola . . . NICO EVANS ‘14, an All-CIF running back for the Cubs, will be playing in a senior all-star game on January 19 after an All-Mountan West campaign, in which he rushed for 1,325 yards in 2018 for the Wyoming Cowboys

Loyola could have as many as eight former players on NFL rosters as soon as next fall.