Head soccer coach Freddy Drago made history in 2016 by becoming the coach for the first-ever Angelina College soccer program, having established a winning reputation in his eight years of coaching in the collegiate ranks. In 2016, Drago’s Lady Roadrunner soccer team qualified for the post-season in their inaugural year.
At Cisco College, Drago’s teams won four consecutive conference titles, leading to Drago’s recognition as the conference Coach of the Year for four straight seasons. Drago’s teams consistently were ranked among the nation’s Top 10, making it to the post-season in each of his eight years and advancing to the national tournament’s Sweet 16 on more than one occasion. He produced numerous All-American, All-Conference and Academic All-American student/athletes.
Drago has conducted clinics and training sessions at such Division I programs as the University of Texas in Austin, Texas A&M University, Lamar University and others.
Off the field, Drago’s teams exhibit high levels of academic success: His teams held the highest GPA on campus over the past few years, with more than 90 percent of his sophomores graduating and 100 percent transferring to universities.
“Many of the student athletes that take part in our teams are first generation college students,” Drago says, “so it brings me great pleasure to know that we have a little bit to do with breaking the cycle.
“Knowing that we’ve helped to develop responsible, contributing members of society and that we’ve helped to shape the future of some of today’s youth through the beautiful game of soccer, hard work, discipline, accountability and respect is probably what makes me happiest.”
Drago grew up in Mexico and played collegiate soccer at McMurry University before playing professionally in Mexico. He coached men and women’s soccer at Cisco College in West Texas for the past nine seasons, and was responsible for starting the men’s soccer team at Cisco.