Meet the Difference Makers
Azusa Pacific University is a community where the individual stories of students, alumni, professors, and staff connect to a collective identity: we prepare and serve as difference makers, ready to impact the world for Christ.
Carrie Webber, Azusa Pacific’s head softball coach, serves as a mentor and advisor for her players on and off the field.
Paul Svagdis loves cultivating great baseball players, but his real passion lies in preparing players to live victoriously off the field.
From dreams of one day coaching high school football to becoming a position coach in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks, Azusa Pacific alumnus and former wide receiver Dave Canales ’03 found himself at the pinnacle of his coaching career. What he didn’t expect was that this promotion would become a catalyst for the start of a journey that would transform how he viewed his career, his life, and especially his faith.
As a senior running back, Terrell Watson ‘15 is the unquestioned leader of defending Great Northwest Athletic Conference champion Azusa Pacific. In just three years, he has rewritten virtually every school rushing record, including a handful previously held by Cougar legend Christian Okoye ’86. But for Watson, this success is just the result of hard work and focus. He loves his team. He loves the game.
Continuing an outstanding season with the Oakland A’s, former Azusa Pacific standout Stephen Vogt was selected for the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star team as a reserve catcher for the American League.
As the head football coach at Azusa Pacific University, Victor Santa Cruz challenges his athletes toward excellence, on and off the field. “God gave us just one life. We are not going to waste it on mediocrity. We are going to run to be the best.”