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What to Know About Laney College, the Focus of ‘Last Chance U’ Season 5

Netflix’s documentary series “Last Chance U” switches from gear to a new college in season 5.

The show has announced that this will be the last season of focusing on a college football team as “Last Chance U” will focus on a college basketball team, with episodes scheduled to air in 2021. Fans have fallen in love with the documentary series, which focused on East Mississippi Community College in the first two seasons. We then got two seasons Coach Jason Brown at Independence Community College in Kansas.

This season focuses on Laney College and its football team. We’ll explain a bit more about Laney below.

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Where is Laney College?

Laney College is located in Oakland, California.

From Laney’s own website:

Laney College is the largest of the four Peralta Community College District campuses, serving approximately 16,000 students annually. As the flagship college for the Peralta district, Laney College spans sixty acres in downtown Oakland, California, one of the most ethnically and economically diverse cities in America. Laney is also one of the oldest community colleges in the country, celebrating 67 years in 2020.

Why did Last Chance choose Laney College?

The season before Last Chance U started filming, the Eagles went 11-2 and were the 2018 California Community College Athletic Association Football champions. But the main focus will be on Coach John Beam. He is a Hall of Fame coach who has won CCCAA Football Coach of the Year the year prior to the arrival of Netflix.

From the East Bay Times:

In total, Beam has coached over 100 players who went on to play Division I football, and more than 20 who eventually played in the NFL, including former Broncos and Raiders who left CJ Anderson behind and tackle ex-Steelers Pro Bowl, Marvel Smith. … He is especially proud that over 90 percent of Laney’s players graduate or transfer to Division I schools.

Beam should be a change of pace for “Last Chance U” after the series’ first pair of controversial coaches.

“We are lucky to be picked up for a fifth season and equally lucky to be able to tell the story of the California JUCO system through the stories at Laney College and in the city of Oakland, California,” Director of Last Chance U Greg Whiteley told Esquire. “Coach Beam has had a Hall of Fame career and at the beginning of his 40-year coaching we are very happy to be able to tell the stories about the team, the school and the city of Oakland itself. “

Who is Laney coach John Beam?

Beam has been coaching for a long time, starting in 1979 at Serra High School in San Diego as an offensive line coach. He eventually moved to Skyline High School where he became head football coach in 1987. During his time with Skyline, Beam won 15 league championships, 11 section championships and had 4 unbeaten seasons. He finished with a record of 160-33-3 at Skyline.

He joined Laney in 2004 as a running backs coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator the following season. He became Laney’s head coach in 2012 and has retained a .600 career winning percentage while in charge.

All this success is part of the reason why Netflix chose to focus on him in the fifth season of “Last Chance U.” However, Beam is not very fond of that name.

“I told them we’re not ‘Last Chance U’. We are your first chance. We are your best chance, ” Beam told The Mercury News. “I said you’re not (rejects). All those kids from the other shows left school, got kicked out of a four-year-old or something. Well, we are not. You are the children who came here for a reason. To improve your numbers or football prospects. We are your best chance. “

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