As our “One Year Ago” series continues Rudy Carlton, who was the offensive coordinator at Azusa Pacific, was promoted to head football coach on February 4, 2020. However Carlton never got the chance to coach a single game as Azusa Pacific dropped the football program in December.
By Tim Peterson
(Glendora) – Rudy Carlton, who has served as the offensive coordinator at Azusa Pacific for the last 10 years, has been promoted to head football coach Athletic Director Gary Pine announced Monday.
Carlton takes over for Victor Santa Cruz, who resigned last week after 14 years as HC to take the DC position at Hawaii, his alma mater.
Carlton becomes the tenth head coach in program history. Carlton played quarterback for the Cougars from 2002-2007 before joining the coaching staff in 2008 and then taking over as OC.
“This an emotional day for me because of the time I have spent at Azusa Pacific and how much this place means to me,” Carlton said Monday. “I have seen this program from every vantage point possible and to now have the honor of leading it is a day I have dreamed of.”