Head soccer coach Freddy Drago made history 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. 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.
Assistant Soccer Coach Jorden Smith is beginning her first season at Angelina College. Before arriving at AC, Smith was the assistant coach for Cisco College for two seasons. Prior to that, she served as a youth coach for one season.
As a high school player, Smith was a four-year letter winner for McNeil High School in Round Rock. She also competed in club competition for Austin Lonestar Soccer Club. Smith then continued her soccer career at Cisco College (NJCAA Div. I) playing for now-AC head coach Freddy Drago. At Cisco, Smith was a two-year starter and combined for 10 goals and 12 assists in 37 games. The two-time team captain claimed All-Conference honors following her freshmen season. She also claimed All-American honors her sophomore season.
Smith went on to play at Lubbock Christian University (NCAA Division II). At LCU, she was a two-year starter and earned captain honors her senior season. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science in May 2013.
Coach Smith is a native of Austin, Texas.
Assistant Soccer Coach Sheharyar Khan is beginning his first season at Angelina College. Before arriving at AC, Khan coached for 4 years with UK Elite and assisted West Mesquite High School’s girls’ team for 2 years.
As a high school player, Khan was a two-year letter winner for Mesquite Poteet High School in Mesquite. He also competed in club competition for River Plate Soccer Club. Khan then continued his soccer career at McMurry University, where he was a four-year starter and where he combined for six goals and four assists in 57 games. After suffering a serious injury his senior year, Khan returned his fifth year to lead the Warhawks in scoring and was named team MVP for the 2011 season.
Khan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics with a minor in Math in December 2011.
Coach Khan is a native of Mesquite, Texas.