Usually when we mark coaching and training milestones at Antelope Valley College, there are decades and even generations involved.
Marauder Stadium namesake Brent Carder was there for for 38 years; California Community College Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Lewis, for 44.
So Jerry Stupar is a young pup, by comparison.
But he has one thing in common with his Antelope Valley College forbears.
He makes history.
Stupar won his 100th career soccer victory Tuesday at College of the Canyons, which is fitting.
In 2003, he helped launch the Cougars’ soccer program.
The five-time Conference Coach of the Year when he ran the AVC women’s program from 2008-2015 switched over to run the Marauder men’s program when it was founded in 2016.
With a win over Victor Valley today at 5 p.m., Stupar will lead the men to the Western State Conference title.
Notwithstanding the Major League Soccer disappointments with the L.A. Galaxy and LAFC, it’s still futbol season here in the Valley.
The University of Antelope Valley men made it all the way to the California Pacific Conference semifinals before falling 2-0 to Loyola Marymount Thursday in Torrance.
UAV coach Jarrod Cline, a Palmdale native who came home from Kansas to find success in his backyard, also produced the CalPac Player of the Year in senior forward Manuel Medina.
Medina led the entire NAIA in scoring with 31 goals.
As home to the finest futbol facility in the west, we should be a hotbed of soccer.
There are rumblings in Lancaster City Hall that at long last they will listen to our ancient pleas to install permanent training facilities at the Lancaster National Soccer Center to make it the year-round teaching academy so many MLS stars envision it as.
As a bonus, how cool would it be to host one of the Final Four Teams when World Cup 2026 reaches its championship climax at the Rose Bowl?
Whatever happens Friday afternoon on the Marauder futbol pitch, this program has become a gleaming jewel in the Proud Community Tradition’s showcase.
Longtime Valley soccer activist Victor Raul Gonzalez and his sons made this a grassroots success story.
They put together a club program at AVC that literally covered the next-door field to Marauder Stadium with hundreds of futbol fanatics.
They proved they would support an intercollegiate program at AVC with deeds, not words.
For AVC President Ed Knutson and former athletic director Newton Chelette, it was a no-hands no-brainer.