coaching staff


John Beam

head coach / athletic director

Hall of Fame Coach John Beam just completed a phenomenal 2018 season winning a 2018 State Championship and was recognized as leading the #1 team in the nation. He was also recognized as the California Community College Football Coach of the Year. He is the only coach in California history to be recognized as the high school state coach of the year and the junior college state coach of the year. He started at Laney College as the Running Backs coach in 2004, and in 2005 he was promoted to the Offensive Coordinator position. As the Offensive Coordinator, he lead an explosive offense that helped the Eagles win 3 conference championships and 5 straight bowl game appearances. In 2012, he became the Head Football Coach. 

Under his leadership as the Head Coach, Laney College has won two league titles, has a .600 winning percentage, and has gone to 6 bowl games. Coach Beam started his coaching career in 1979 at Serra High School in San Diego, where he was the offensive line coach, helping his team reach the playoffs for the first time in school history. He moved to Oakland and began coaching at Skyline High School in 1982 as the defensive coordinator. During the 1984 season, Skyline had an undefeated season including beating national power De La Salle High School. In 1987, John Beam was promoted to the Head Football coaching position. During his time as Head Coach he had 15 league championships, 11 section championships, 4 undefeated seasons, and went undefeated in league play in the 90’s. John Beam boasted a 160-33-3 overall record during his time at Skyline High School, building a reputation of developing Division 1 athletes. During his time at Skyline High School, John Beam produced more Division 1 players than anyone else in Northern California, sending more than 100 football players to the Division 1 level.

Between his time at Laney College and Skyline High School, John Beam has produced over 20 NFL players including 7 players that participated in the Super Bowl. John Beam has also coached players who have won at every level of football, including a NCAA Division 1 National Championship, NCAA Division 3 National Championship, Canadian Grey Cup, NFL Europe Championship, and Arena League Championship. From his coaching success, John Beam has built relationships with coaches across the country at every level of football. Because of these relationships, his Laney College Football Program has seen a 90% graduation and transfer rate, while maintaining consistent relationships with some of the most decorated college programs in the nation.

Outside of his time coaching at Laney College, John Beam has brought numerous programs and opportunities to the city of Oakland through the National Football League, NFL Players Association, Oakland Raiders, and his own camps.

Beam’s proudest accomplishment of his career has been the number of young people's lives that he has been able to positively affect, in completing their education and becoming productive contributing young men in society. He is honored to have had a positive influence on their lives and helped them to grow. In 2014, he was recognized and honored in his induction in the Bay Area Multi-Ethnic Hall of Fame, where many of his former players and colleagues were there to celebrate.

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Josh ramos

assistant head coach & DEFENSIVE coordinator

Josh Ramos has been coaching at Laney College since 2012, assuming the Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Football Coach role in 2015. Prior to being the Defensive Coordinator Coach Ramos spent three years as the Special Teams Coordinator, Wide Receivers Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. Coach Ramos came from Solano Community College where he spent five years as an assistant coach and adjunct instructor. Coach Ramos served many different roles during his tenure at Solano Community College: Defensive Goal Line Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator, Linebackers coach, Defensive Backs coach, Video Coordinator, as well as serving a large role in the recruiting process.

Coach Ramos graduated from Winters High School where he was a standout football player. Coach Ramos continued his education and his football career at Solano Community College where he was a 1st Team All-Conference Linebacker. Coach Ramos then transferred to California State University of Sacrament where he continued his education and football career. Coach Ramos graduated from California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies. Coach Ramos continued his education at the United States Sports Academy where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Sports Science. Coach Ramos and his wife Jillian reside in Benicia with their two sons, Jace and Jed.

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Jeff haagenson

offensive coordinator

Coach Jeff Haagenson, "Haag", joined the Laney College staff in 2013 as the Offensive Line Coach and in 2015 he was promoted to the Co-Offensive Coordinator. With a 2016 campaign that saw the Eagles finish in the top 20 in many national polls, the offensive line paved the way for the Eagles to finish #1 in the state of California in rushing yards per game and yards per carry. In his time leading the offensive line, Haag has seen his offensive linemen go on to earn scholarships to play in the Pac 12, Big 12, and Mountain West Conferences along with many other student-athletes continuing their playing careers at the Division I-AA and Division II levels. 

Prior to joining the Laney staff, Haag was the Head Coach at Heritage High School for eight years. During his tenure at Heritage he had players earn scholarships to UCLA, Washington State, Navy, Idaho and many other schools. His team also earned a North Coast Section scholar team award in 2007. Prior to Heritage, Haag was the Offensive Line Coach and Special Teams Coordinator for Chabot College and before that was the Head Coach at San Lorenzo High School for four seasons.

Coach Haag earned his BS degree in Kinesiology from Cal State Hayward in 1997 and a MA degree in Education from National University in 2013. Haag played football and baseball for Mt Eden High School then played football for Chabot College and San Francisco State.

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donald dicko white

safeties/Special Teams Coordinator

Donald Dicko White joined the Laney College Football staff in 2008 as the defensive backs coach, working specifically with the safeties. Since joining the Eagles, Coach Dicko has produced numerous division 1 defensive backs, several of which have made it into NFL camps and onto NFL rosters. Coach Dicko focuses heavily on technique and developing his players’ greater understanding of the game of football, while monitoring their overall academic standing.

                Before coming to Laney, Coach Dicko was the defensive backs coach at his alma mater Skyline High School, where he spent 6 seasons developing high school student-athletes into elite level football players. Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Coach Dicko played safety for 4 seasons at Utah State University, starting 3 of the 4 seasons. Coach Dicko was a defensive and special teams captain his senior year, and received his Bachelor of Science, Business Information Systems.

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derrick gardner


Derrick Gardner joined the Laney College staff in 2012 as the assistant secondary coach Hnder head Coach John Beam. Derrick has served internships with several NFL teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks. He brings extensive coaching experience, particularly in the defensive passing game.  Following the completion of his career as a professional athlete, Derrick has dedicated his life to helping young student-athletes maximize their athletic and academic endeavors. His education and experiences as a student-athlete, professional athlete, and collegiate coach has put him on track to achieve his goal.

Derrick is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where he majored in American Studies with an Emphasis in Sports Management.  He played football while attending Cal, starting in their defensive backfield from 1996-1998. Originally from Oakland, California at Skyline High School, Derrick was a first team All-State performer at Cornerback and was regarded as an excellent man-to-man coverage specialist.  Derrick only gave up one reception all season long during his senior year of high school.  He had a lot of schools battling for his services, including the University of Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, and San Diego State. Following His Collegiate Career at Cal, Derrick entered the NFL as a free agent.

After serving as an assistant Secondary Coach at Skyline High School in (2005-2008), Derrick went on to become the Director of Football Operations for the East West Shrine Game (2009). Derrick selected several outstanding players at the East West Game that are currently in the NFL, including 2nd round draft picks TJ Ward (Denver Broncos), Terrell Troup (Buffalo Bills), Rodger Saffold (St. Louis Rams), 3rd round draft pick Emmanuel Sanders (Denver Broncos), 4th round draft pick Alterraun Verner (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and 5th round draft picks Andrew Quarless (Green Bay Packers) and Kam Chancellor (Seattle Seahawks).

Derrick then went on to Washington providing his serves as a Pro Scouting Intern with the Seattle Seahawks (2010). Derrick returned to the University of California, Berkeley in 2011, where he served as a Strength Training Program Leader. In this position Derrick conducted Defensive Back specific drills and strength training necessary to enhance the technique and overall athletic ability of players such as, 7th round draft picks DJ Campbell (Carolina Panthers) and Marc Anthony (Baltimore Ravens).                                         

Derrick and his wife Aziza have two daughters (Giselle & Madison)

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bryan coughlan

defensive line

Coach Coughlan joined the Laney College staff in 2012 as the Defensive Line Coach. During his time at Laney College, Coach Coughlan has developed a number of players to become high level football players, receiving scholarships to several FBS schools. Before joining the Laney College staff, Coach Coughlan spent 6 seasons as an Assistant Coach at Solano Community College and was the Head Coach at Hogan High School for 6 years.

Coach Coughlan graduated from Hogan High School in 1990 and attended Solano Community College, where he then received a scholarship to Sonoma State University to play football. Coach Coughlan looks forward to working with future Eagles and developing his dominant defensive line.

kevin evans

offensive line

Kevin Evans joined the staff at Laney College in 2009 as the Offensive Line Coach.

Prior to that, he spent eighteen seasons at Skyline High School, thirteen as an assistant and five as the Head Coach. In his five seasons, he made two section championship appearances, winning in 2004.

He was the 2004 Sports Focus East Bay Coach of the Year. 

robert crowely


Robert Crowley joined the Laney College staff as an intern in 2013, assisting the Head Coach and Video Coordinator with their coaching duties. In 2014, Coach Rob shed his intern status and was hired as the Quarterbacks Coach and Video Coordinator, while also being heavily involved in recruiting. Along with his coaching duties, Coach Rob assists incoming student-athletes with their financial aid paperwork, getting their schedules set up, and manages the on-campus jobs for the Athletic Department.

A graduate of Albany High School in 2011, Coach Rob attended St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga, getting his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Management. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree, Coach Rob went on to receive his Master’s Degree from the United States Sports Academy in Sports Science.

adam robinson

wide receivers

Adam Robinson joined the Laney College staff in 2016 as the Wide Receivers Coach. Prior to coaching at Laney College, Adam spent the 2015 season as the Quarterbacks Coach at Moreau Catholic High School.

Adam Robinson is a Laney College alum, playing quarterback from 2011-2012. After completing his AA degree at Laney College, Adam received a scholarship to Kentucky State University, where he started for two years. In 2015, Adam completed his BS in Exercise Science. 

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Nate Smith

Recruiting Coordinator

Nate Smith has two decades of football coaching experience, at the high school and college levels, along with multiple other sports under his belt and significant roles in the media promoting student-athletes.

Along with a six-year stint as head coach at Liberty High School in Brentwood, Nate has coached football at four high schools and two NCAA colleges.  While at Bluffton University and Hiram College in Ohio, he was also the head track and field coach at each school.  He currently teaches physical education at Heritage High in Brentwood, and is also well-known in the Bay Area as a freelance sportswriter, making regular contributions to Prep2Prep, the Bay Area News Group, and the Brentwood Press.

Nate has had numerous athletes go on to play at four-year colleges and at the professional level, and now enjoys helping numerous others get there, both as a coach, a recruiter, and as a member of the prep sports media.  He also coaches youth sports, working with his own children, daughter Reilly and son Carson.

For questions regarding recruitment, please contact Coach Smith at

brian HERnANDEz

head strength & conditioning

Coach Hernandez was hired in 2014 to serve as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the athletic teams. Prior to arriving at Laney College, Coach Hernandez spent four years (2008-2012) as the Head Strength & Conditioning coach at Cal State East Bay where he began working with the women’s soccer team as a volunteer strength coach from 2009-2010, and was officially added to the women’s soccer staff in the fall of 2010. Coach Hernandez also worked with athletes from the Pioneer Women’s Basketball (2011-12), Baseball (2010) and Softball (2010-2012) teams, respectively during his time at Cal State East Bay. Prior to his time at Cal State East Bay, Coach Hernandez had stops as the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Diablo Valley College, in the Minnesota Twins Minor League system, and Saint Mary’s College of California.

Coach Hernandez started as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist in a private sports performance program at NovaCare Physical Therapy (2002-2004), where he worked with elite, collegiate and high school level athletes in the East Bay, while also working as a Physical Therapy Aide assisting therapists with patient care and rehab. Coach Hernandez graduated from Cal State Hayward in 2007 with a Master’s of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University in 2001. Coach Hernandez began his college baseball career at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, CA, where he was member of the LMC baseball team from 1995-1997, swerving as a utility player (1B/C/DH); he was named a team captain in 1997. Coach Hernandez also earned is A.A. degree in 1997.

antuan webb

Strength and Conditioning

Antuan Webb joined the Laney College staff in 2016 as the Strength and Conditioning Coach. Before coming to Laney, Webb worked as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for El Cerrito High School, helping the program implement strength and conditioning goals, taking the Varsity football team to the North Coast Section Championship. Prior to El Cerrito, Webb worked as a Strength and Conditioning Intern with Stanford University and the Oakland Raiders, with brief stints at Saint Mary’s High School and Dougherty Valley High School. Webb also has extensive experience as a personal trainer, working 1-on-1 with high school and collegiate athletes.

Webb received an AA in Liberal Arts from Diablo Valley College in 2000 and a BS in Criminal Justice from Sacramento State University in 2004. Webb brings energy to the field and weight room every day and looks forward to working with the student-athletes at Laney College.

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Rick Becker, MS, ATC, CSCS, CES

Athletic Trainer

Rick Becker is a NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer. Rick began his athletic training education at Diablo Valley College in 2004 before transferring to Cal State Fullerton where he graduated magna cum laude receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training. As a Bay Area native, Rick returned to Northern California in 2014 to begin his Junior College career at DVC before joining Laney College in fall 2017.

As a graduate student at California University, Rick earned a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science focusing his efforts on rehabilitative sciences and corrective exercise. Rick has a strong focus on manual therapy and a philosophy in treating the whole body, rather than simply addressing the pathology, in the preventative effort to reduce the occurrence of overuse injury related to sport.

Rick’s vision as an athletic trainer is to blend his education and training with clinical expertise, knowledge of current research, and patient expectations to create a pathway providing the best possible health care for the Laney College student-athlete population.

dr. steven isono

team doctor

Steve has his roots here in the East Bay as he grew up in the Lakeshore District of Oakland.  He attended Lakeview Elementary, McChesney Junior High, and graduated from Oakland High School in 1974.  During his junior high and high school years, he played basketball and baseball, ran Track and Field, and earned All-State honors in Gymnastics.

He was the first Oakland High School student to attend Harvard University and graduated in 1978 with Honors in Biochemical Sciences after writing his Thesis on Erythrocyte Microstructural Changes in Sickle Cell Anemia.  He attended medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, continued research with Liver Cancer and subsequently received his M.D. degree in 1982.

Steve serves as a Team Physician for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA), four Olympic Teams (USA Triathlon, Judo, Taekwondo, and Track and Field), and for Laney College. He is also affiliated with the World Triathlon Championships in Hawaii, the Dew Tour of Action Sports, the Association of Volleyball Professionals, and also served as a Team Physician for the World Games of the Special Olympics.