Seahawks Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Head Coach Tony Carter-Loza has been at the helm of the Seahawks program since 2001 and has been coaching basketball since 1979 on three different levels. Coach Carter-Loza has coached previously at Cerritos Community College, South Gate High school, Bishop Montgomery High School, Compton High School, Torrance High School and two stints as an assistant coach at CSU Dominguez Hills. During his tenure year at Harbor, Coach Carter-Loza has taken pride in building a program on local area talent. This philosophy, along with a focus on academics, has allowed the Harbor Basketball program to move players on to the next level every year. Coach Carter-Loza feels that the program "is built on local area talent and affords me the opportunity to mentor and develop great young men. Our team is always 'Family' and every student that plays for the Harbor program is provided with dignity, respect, and a positive competitive atmosphere.”
From 1999-01, as an assistant coach Carter-Loza helped lead the Cerritos Falcons to consecutive conference titles and playoff berths. This experience under Coach Gary Cain, a former Head Men's Basketball Coach at Harbor College, helped propel him into becoming the next head coach of the Harbor program. In 2011, he led the Seahawks to their greatest season in program history with a South Coast Conference-South Division title and an Elite Eight appearance in the 2011 Southern California Regionals.
From 1993-99, Coach Carter-Loza was the Head Boys' Basketball Coach at South Gate High School where his teams won 3 league titles and qualified for the LA City Section Playoffs 4 times. Under his guidance at South Gate, All-City player Ronald Johnson received a scholarship to CSU Los Angeles, where he was a four-time All-Conference selection, two-time Division II All-American, and the all-time leading scorer in California Collegiate Athletic Association history.
From 1983-86 and 1990-92, Coach Carter-Loza served as an assistant coach at CSU Dominguez Hills under legendary coach Dave Yanai. During his time there, Coach Carter-Loza was responsible for player development, on-floor coaching, and recruiting while helping lead the Toros to the 1986 CCAA league title and an NCAA Division II playoff berth.
From 1979-88, Coach Carter-Loza served as a head coach at Bishop Montgomery High School, Compton High School and an assistant coach at Torrance High School.
Coach Carter-Loza earned his Master’s Degree in Education with Administrative credentials from CSU Dominguez Hills in 1999. He lives in Downey with his wife Cecilia, son Joel and daughters Nicole and Emily.
Coach Thomas began his coaching tenure at LA Harbor in the 2018-2019 season. Before coming to Harbor, he coached for the boys' program at Verbum Dei High School for 3 seasons. Thomas is also currently a basketball coach for the Oxnard Orcas of the semi-professional ABA league.
Currently, Coach Thomas is a PE Teacher at Watts Learning Center and is majoring in Kinesiology with aspirations to earn his Master's degree and become a head college coach so that he can use basketball as a way to instill values and morals in his players.
Coach Agha eats, sleeps, and breathes basketball. He began coaching and recruiting for the LA Harbor program in 2016. Before returning to Harbor as an assistant in 2019, Agha helped lead the Torrance High School boys' program to a league title in 2017 and the Mary Star High School boys' program to a league title in 2018. From 2012-15 while working on his bachelor's degree, Coach Agha served as a lower level head coach for the boys' program at his alma mater, LB Wilson High School.
Aside from on floor coaching, Agha's role in the program includes recruiting, video coordinating, and managing social media. He is especially passionate about helping athletes get to the four-year level and preparing them for life after basketball.
Coach Agha earned his B.S. in Kinesiology-Sport Psychology from CSULB in 2014 and his M.S. in Physical Education-Sport Management from Azusa Pacific University in 2017. Agha also wears many other hats as he coaches for LA Elite Basketball Club, teaches PE at nearby Scholarship Prep K-8 School in Wilmington, and is a practicing real estate agent in his extra time. He is a Long Beach native but currently resides in Torrance.
Coach Riggs' experience as a Basketball coach includes one year at El Camino College and 17 years on the Varsity coaching staff at Redondo Union High School. He now enters his 41st year in his overall coaching career.
After graduating from High School Coach Riggs started his coaching career with the City of Gardena, Torrance, Hermosa Beach and then Bishop Montgomery High School. His passion and dedication is a great asset to his success both in Business and Coaching. Ron has Coached and Mentored hundreds of individuals into adulthood. He cares deeply about the principles of Education, Sportsmanship, Integrity, Ethical Behavior, Accountability, Team and Family. Ron’s passion is to get people to believe in themselves, instilling the desire to succeed and driving individuals to overachieve.
Ron is a Native of California and was born in Long Beach, California; he lived in Maui Hawaii and Mammoth Mountain, California and was a Snow Ski Instructor in Big Bear Lake, California.
He is a graduate of the University of Phoenix in Business Management. He has been a licensed real estate broker since 1991 and currently retired from Bank of America where he held the position as Vice President in the Real Estate Mortgage Finance Division. He was an active Executive Board Member at El Camino Junior College and holds the position as 2nd Vice President. He currently resides in South Torrance. He has a wife three sons, and two step daughters.
Coach Riggs' favorite quote is “Success is a peace of mind, which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” - John Wooden
Coach Labarda has been with the Seahawks' program since the 2018-19 season. He specializes in developing efficient strength and conditioning programs for athletes.