Victor Santa Cruz, M.A.

Coaching Faculty, Department of Kinesiology
Head Coach, Football
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3541
Fax: (626) 815-5084
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Victor Santa Cruz, M.A., has been involved in education and youth work for many years, teaching at the college and high school levels. Santa Cruz draws from his extensive work experience in private business, full-time ministry, and coaching. As the Southern California team sales director for the Sport Supply Group, he worked with physical education programs in the government and at colleges, high schools, and elementary schools, identifying and supplying their equipment needs. From 1999-2001 he served as the San Diego County director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, in charge of the San Diego County program’s development, fundraising, grant writing, and all summer camp logistics. Santa Cruz is an accomplished public speaker, founding the motivational outreach program Vision 4 Victory in 1997. V4V is a half-hour junior high and high school speaking program that has served private and public schools in California, Arizona, and Hawaii. His ability to communicate has enhanced his on-field teaching duties. Since arriving at APU in 2001, he has served in the roles of head football coach and offensive and defensive coordinator. In addition, his coaching duties include the job of strength and conditioning coach. Santa Cruz has been certified by USA Weightlifting, identifying his ability to instruct Olympic lifts. He has been instrumental in developing the strength and conditioning curriculum for the football program, which has decreased joint injuries by 20 percent. He is also a member of the NAIA Rating Committee and the American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year Committee.

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Kinesiology


  • NAIA Football
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Weight Training

Courses Taught

  • FFL 111 – Fitness for Life: Racquetball
  • FFL 116 – Fitness for Life: Weight Training
  • PE 240 – Health Education

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