Former Football Coach Pete Yoder Dies

Former Football Coach Pete Yoder Dies

Feb. 3, 2006

Austin, TX - Courtesy Los Angeles Times...

Pete Yoder, who was the second head football coach at Cal State Fullerton from 1972 to 1974, died Monday of brain cancer in Austin, Texas. He was 65.

Yoder coached under John McKay at USC, won championships as the coach at two high schools and played in the most-watched prep playoff game in state history,

Yoder, who lived in Georgetown, Texas, retired seven years ago from the Tustin Unified School District. He had been, among other things, a vice principal in charge of discipline at Santa Ana Foothill High.

But football was his legacy. He coached running backs for McKay at USC -- known as Tailback U -- in 1970 and '71, then was head coach at Fullerton from 1972 to '74, compiling a record of 18-15. He left to become head coach at Anaheim Esperanza High in 1975. He went 99-35-6 before leaving in 1986.

Yoder won a Southern Section Central Conference title with Esperanza in 1979.

A quarterback, Yoder played for Downey in the 1956 major-division championship against Anaheim, a 13-13 tie at the Coliseum before 41,383, still a record for the largest crowd in the state for a playoff game.

He graduated from Long Beach State and was an assistant at Long Beach Poly before going to Pasadena's Blair, a school he led to the 1969 4-A title behind running backs James McAlister and Kermit Johnson, players who would go on to play in the National Football League.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; son, Tom; daughters, Kathy and Laura; and grandchildren.

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-3
Fri Apr 20
9 a.m.
vs. Bryan Clay Invite
@ Azusa, Calif.
Cougar Athletic Stadium
-3
Fri Apr 20
10:30 a.m.
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
@ Torrance, Calif.
El Camino College
0
Fri Apr 20
Final
4
Cal State Fullerton
2
at Long Beach State
0
Fri Apr 20
Final
3
Hawai'i
6
at Cal State Fullerton
0
Fri Apr 20
Final
4
Cal State Fullerton
3
at Hawai'i
-3
Sat Apr 21
10 a.m.
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
@ Torrance, Calif.
El Camino College
-2
Sat Apr 21
5:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at Hawai'i
-2
Sat Apr 21
6:00 PM
Hawai'i
at Cal State Fullerton
-2
Sat Apr 21
7:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at Hawai'i
-2
Sun Apr 22
1:00 PM
Hawai'i
at Cal State Fullerton
-2
Tue Apr 24
6:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at UCLA
-3
Thu Apr 26
All Day
vs. Penn Relays
@ Philadelphia, Pa.
Franklin Field
-2
Thu Apr 26
TBA
Cal State Fullerton
at Big West Championship
Indian Wells, Calif. I All Day
-3
Fri Apr 27
All Day
vs. Penn Relays
@ Philadelphia, Pa.
Franklin Field
-3
Fri Apr 27
All Day
vs. Steve Scott Invitational
@ Irvine, Calif.
Anteater Stadium
-2
Fri Apr 27
TBA
Cal State Fullerton
at Big West Championship
Indian Wells, Calif. I All Day
-2
Fri Apr 27
6:30 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at UC Irvine
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