Newly appointed Cal State Northridge football Coach Bob Burt is a San Pedro native who was given his start by a San Pedro companion, Marijon Ansich. Ansich hired Burt as an assistant coach at St. Paul High School in 1962. "He was a Pedro guy, and he just fit right in with the rest of the coaching staff immediately," Ansich told The Times.
Ansich, who was 190-31-5 in 18 years at St. Paul before moving on to Tustin High, said, "Some coaches are hired because they have tons of experience and great coaching ability. I hired Bob because my gut told me that someday, if he got the chance, he would become a great coach with tons of experience."
Burt, 44, was briefly the coach at U.S. International University in San Diego but left in 1976 to become UCLA's defensive line coach. Later he was defensive coordinator at Hawaii and, most recently, defensive coordinator at Cal State Fullerton. He said getting a head coaching job fulfilled a lifelong ambition, even though he steps down from Division I to Division II.
Ansich hung the nickname "Beagle Man" on him, taken from a Walt Disney comic character. "The Beagle Brothers were sneaky little guys who always seemed to get into mischief," Ansich said. "Bob was the kind of guy that if you were out together having a couple of beers and had to reach down to tie your shoe, when you came back up the check would be staring you in the face and he'd be gone."