Graham Hires Victor Santa Cruz As Hawaii’s Defensive Coordinator
Todd Graham, the new Hawaii head coach, chose a defensive coordinator and a coordinator who has played in UH.
Veteran Azusa Pacific head coach Victor Santa Cruz officially accepted the position on Monday.
Santa Cruz has spent the last 14 seasons as a head coach (and coordinator) who moved from NAIA to NCAA Division II under supervision at an Azusa Pacific school in Southern California.
He leaves APU with a record of 84-69. Since moving to Division II, the team has won four Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships and has participated twice in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
Santa Cruz was excellent in UH and played 146 tackles in his career between 1991 and 1994, accumulating 139 tackles. He was a member of the Hawaiian 11-2 team, who won the WAC and the Holiday Bowl in 1992.
Graham stated in a great press release: Victor Santa Cruz Coach well known and most respected men I know for college training.
The vast amount of knowledge and honesty we bring to our programs as leaders have a huge impact. The Hawaiian football family we encourage you to greet everyone. “
After graduating from UH, he returned from California and began his coaching career at El Camino High School. After that, he was Azusa Pacific’s attack coordinator from 2001 to 2003, but moved to defensive coordinator in 2004 and 2005, and was later promoted to head coach.
Graham is currently burying three of the ten locations available to assistant coaches and initially hired three for his defense staff.
Graham has so far officially hired two former Nick Lorovich assistants.
Jacob Joro-Yoro will return to the UH staff in the fourth season. He trained security and external supporters while working on staff.
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