34th Annual Inland Empire All-Star Classic set for Saturday, Dec. 15 at Grand Terrace High School


Legendary coaches Dick Bruich and Barry Meier have agreed to lead San Bernardino County versus Riverside County, respectively, in Inland Empire’s most storied post-season event

Nov. 14, 2018 – Riverside, Calif. – The 34th annual Inland Empire All-Star Classic will be a matchup of Inland Empire coaching legends.

Dick Bruich and San Bernardino County will face off against Barry Meier and Riverside County at Grand Terrace High School (21810 Main St., Grand Terrace, CA 92313), at 7 p.m. PT on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.

Tickets are $10 dollars for adults, $8 for students (with IDs) and will be sold at the door for this event. Children 12-and-under are free. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. PT.

All Inland Empire high school and collegiate football coaches are invited to attend the game for free and join other local coaches in the ‘Nick Tavaglione Coaches Corner,’ a comfortable spot to watch the game and enjoy free food and drinks in the company of your colleagues. Tavaglione, a longtime supporter of youth sports in Riverside and a Riverside Sport Hall of Fame inductee, passed away on Oct. 22, 2018, at the age of 86.

With more than 400 combined all-time victories, Dick Bruich and Barry Meier have vital legacies that serve as cornerstones in the history of Inland Empire football.

Bruich, who led the 1987 Fontana High School Steelers football team to an undefeated 14-0 record and the No. 1 overall ranking in USA Today, coached high school football for 32 years before retiring a CIF-Southern Section Hall of Fame inductee.

San Bernardino County head coach Dick Bruich said, “I always love helping kids and this is more than just a just a football game; It’s a showcase for youth athletes and it’s our job as coaches to put them in positions to look good. It’s going to be a lot of fun me and for the players because the Sport Foundation does a great job with this game. The Inland Empire All-Star Classic has been going for a long time because Jim Clover and The Sport Foundation work very hard to put on such a great event.”

Meier coached Riverside City College to an untouchable 11-0 record, the California State Title and a share of National Championship in 1989, and later served as the college’s athletic director before retiring a California Community College Football Hall of Fame inductee.

Riverside County head coach Barry Meier said, “There are so many tremendous football coaches in the Inland Empire and I’m going to surround myself with great people and make it a lot of fun for them and for the players. The Inland Empire All-Star Classic was just getting started about the same time I was at Riverside City College, and the game was played at RCC’s Wheelock Stadium so many times that I became a big admirer of what The Sport Foundation has done with the event over the years. It’s a great privilege to now be able to coach in the game after all these years.”

Jonathan Jefferson (Perris Citrus Hill HS) was selected MVP as Riverside County defeated San Bernardino County, 49-24, in the previous Inland Empire All-Star Classic on Jan. 13, 2018. The upcoming cross-county matchup will be the first December game in the event’s 34-year history.

Bruich has twice served as head coach of the San Bernardino representative, while this is Meier’s first Inland Empire All-Star Classic. Riverside County holds an 11-7 all-time advantage in its series against San Bernardino County.

About the Inland Empire All-Star Classic

Started in 1986, the Inland Empire All-Star Classic is a charity event featuring the top senior football players selected from more than 100 high schools throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The event was developed and is maintained by The SPORT Foundation with proceeds benefitting their many youth programs. The SPORT Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps plan and conduct the game. Over the past 30 years the game has helped award more than $140,000 in scholarships to college-bound student athletes.

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