One Year Ago: Santa Cruz Resigns at Azusa Pacific

Victor Santa Cruz has stepped down at APU to take the DC job at Hawaii, his alma mater.

“One Year Ago” on January 27, 2020 Victor Santa Cruz stepped down as the head football coach at Azusa Pacific to take the defensive coordinator job at his alma mater, Hawaii. Azusa Pacific never played another game as the football program was dropped in December.

By Tim Peterson
(Glendora) – Victor Santa Cruz has stepped down as the head football coach at Azusa Pacific to take the over as the defensive coordinator at the University of Hawaii, his alma mater, the school announced Monday.

Santa Cruz spent 19 years at Azusa Pacific including the last 14 years as the head coach. Santa Cruz had an overall record of 84-69 and led the Cougars to four Northwest Athletic Conference Championships – 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018. APU advanced to the NCAA playoffs in ’16 and ’18.

Santa Cruz played linebacker for Hawaii from 1990 through 1994. As a sophomore in 1992 he played on the Rainbow Warriors team that won the Western Athletic Conference Championship and beat Illinois in the Holiday Bowl.

“Victor has elevated Azusa Pacific football over the past 19 years. His leadership built on the strong foundation that had been laid by previous head coaches,” said Athletic Director Gary Pine in a statement.

The Cougars, led by Pine, will now begin the search for a new head coach.

4 Comments to "One Year Ago: Santa Cruz Resigns at Azusa Pacific"

  1. The real's Gravatar The real
    February 2, 2020 - 9:28 am | Permalink

    Heck no, college players don’t respect those losers.

  2. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    January 29, 2020 - 10:14 am | Permalink

    Have to say it, “Oliva & White to APU”.

  3. In the Know's Gravatar In the Know
    January 27, 2020 - 10:52 pm | Permalink

    La Salle High School just lost their HC.

  4. God's Honest Truth's Gravatar God's Honest Truth
    January 27, 2020 - 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Santa Cruz doesn’t need to go all the way to Hawaii to show his stuff; he would be a vast improvement over Clay Helton at USC. But the islands are calling and we wish him well.

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