Angelina College Soccer Coach Conducting Tryouts in June

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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.

Newly hired Angelina College head women’s and men’s soccer coach Freddy Drago is anxious to meet local talent while building his spanking new program. To help speed up the process, he’ll be conducting a pair of tryout/ID camps in June.

The camps will take place on Thursday, June 2 and Saturday, June 4 at the Jase Magers Soccer Field located at Lufkin High School. Starting times for both days will be 2 p.m. for the women and 4 p.m. for the men.

Drago stressed these are strictly tryout/ID camps for high school graduates, seniors and juniors. Those attending are encouraged to bring cleats and shin guards. A required waiver form will be there for signing.

The soccer facility is located behind Lufkin High School at 309 South Medford Drive in Lufkin.

For further information, contact Freddy Drago at 325-260-8918 or e-mail him at

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