AC Soccer Wraps Up First Tryouts

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Roadrunner Soccer Teams Open Season in August

With the inaugural season just a little more than two months away, the very first Angelina College soccer teams – and specifically head coach Freddy Drago and assistant Jorden Smith – are on the hunt for quality players to fill both the women’s and men’s rosters.

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New Angelina College soccer coach Freddy Drago encourages a group of players performing drills players during Saturday’s tryout at Abe Martin Stadium on the Lufkin High School campus. Nearly 100 young men and women participated over the two-day auditions. (AC News Service by Gary Stallard)

The AC coaches held a pair of tryouts this past week, with the last one concluding on Saturday at Abe Martin Stadium on the campus of Lufkin High School. Nearly 100 prospective players, both young women and men, hit the pitch in an effort to show their prowess, hoping to catch the coaches’ eyes in time to help make history as the program’s first players.

Before running the players through a series of drills and short scrimmages, Drago summoned words from the late, great Muhammed Ali, who passed away on Friday.

“Ali said, ‘He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life,'” Drago quoted. “You guys came out here today and took a risk. No matter what else happens, keep trying and keep taking risks. It’s the only way you’ll make your dreams come true.”

Both the Roadrunner soccer teams are scheduled to open the regular season in August.

The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu<mailto:gstallard@angelina.edu>.

Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

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