By: JOHN CANNON
(DONNA) – Over the past ten years as head soccer coach at Donna High, Mario Hernandez has been fortunate to have quite a few of his players sign to play college ball.
On Tuesday afternoon, Jose Rangel kept the rich tradition going as he became the 20th Redskins player under Hernandez’s tutelage that is heading off to play college soccer as he officially signed his letter of intent to attend Wiley College at the Donna High School gymnasium.
“I think I have been blessed with a lot of kids that not only like to play soccer, but the fact that education can be a big part of their life as well, “said Hernandez. “I have been fortunate to coach some excellent kids in these 10 years here at Donna High and I always wish them the best in their next endeavor.”
Rangel was a midfielder for Donna High and was one of the top players in his district at that position. He backed up that statement by becoming a First Team selection as a midfielder on the All-District list for 32-5A.
“Jose is another one of those special kids that can literally carry a team,” said Hernandez. “He is the type of player that gave it his all for 80-minutes and always played the game at full speed. Jose is a team player and has the talent to play at the next level.”
Rangel said he was so happy to receive an opportunity to play for Wiley College.
“It feels so good and this was something I had hoped to achieve ever since my freshman year,” said Rangel. “I am ready to play at the next level and will definitely give it my all.”