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Stadium to be named after retired coach

Antelope Valley College officials announced today that the college’s stadium will be renamed Brent Carder Marauder Stadium at a ceremony during half-time of this Saturday night’s home opening football game.

The honorary naming will recognize Brent Carder, who retired in 2006 after coaching AVC Marauders football for 37 years. The game begins at 6 p.m. at the stadium, located on the west side of the campus, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Carder will be the special guest at a pre-game barbecue prior to the game, adjacent to the stadium entrance.

“Brent Carder had an amazing career at AVC. Aside from his success on the field, he established a philosophy within the department of developing the whole person. He wanted to see students succeed in the classroom and in life,” said Dr. Jackie L. Fisher Sr., superintendent/president of the college.

Hernando and Fran Marroquin, long-time Marauders supporters and owners of several McDonald’s franchises in the valley, suggested the honorary naming, which can be made for a college employee whose service has “materially and profoundly contributed to the overall advancement of the institution.”

Carder’s first association with the football program began when he played as a guard on the team in 1958 and 1959, garnering the Most Inspirational Player award both seasons.

He returned for one year as an assistant coach in 1966 and then took over as head coach in 1970. During the next 37 years, Carder’s teams:

- Won two state championships (1974, 1975)

- Received 13 bowl game bids.

- Won or tied for the conference title seven times

In addition, Carder:

- Achieved a 189-185-5 record, which ranks him fifth in the state and 11th nationally among the most winning coaches at the two-year level.

- Coached 30 All-America selections and 48 All-State picks, including four state Most Valuable Players.

Off the field, Carder in his role as athletic director oversaw one of the most progressive community college programs in the country. Carder created the nation’s first drug testing program for community college student athletes and he established an academic support program for athletes.

The advising program is credited with helping AVC to have the most scholar athlete award winners (27) than any community college in California.

Earlier this year, Carder was named to the California Community College Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a coach. The Antelope Valley Press in 2000 named Carder as first on the list of the Top 20 People Who Shaped AVC Athletics and sixth Most Influential Sports Figure in the Antelope Valley.