First-year Cougar assistant Kyle Shoemaker will be working with Azusa Pacific's hybrid linebackers, known as the mikes and rovers, and oversees all of the the Cougars video productions.
He comes to Azusa Pacific after spending the past 3 seasons as a student assistant at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He served his first 2 seasons under Mustang head coach Rich Ellerson, who coached Victor Santa Cruz at Hawaii in the 1990s. Shoemaker then assisted current Mustang head coach Tim Walsh, helping the defensive coordinator, Payam Saadat with the linemen.
Like his Cougar coaching colleagues Trevor Love and Matt George, Shoemaker played his high school football at Santa Fe Christian High in Solano Beach, Calif. He was a 3-year starter at linebacker for head coach Brian Sipe, twice earning All-Coastal League honors for his play. As a 2005 senior, he was second on the team in tackles (94) for the 10-3 Eagles who advanced to the CIF championship game. He had 84 tackles as a 2004 junior when Santa Fe Christian did win the CIF crown. He also lettered in volleyball for the Eagles.
Shoemaker, who is single and resides in Glendora, graduated from Cal Poly this past spring with a bachelor's degree in business. He is currently working on his master's in organizational leadership at Azusa Pacific.