Prosper has grown immensely since the arrival of the current head girls’ soccer coach Rafael Flores. With a budding program that has broken into both state and national rankings, Flores has now stamped another great accolade onto his legacy: 2017 Region II All-Star Coach as named by the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches.
Prior to moving to Prosper, Flores worked in a couple of different schools, including Lacanster as a Spanish teacher, before moving to DeSoto school district to work as an assistant for the girls’ soccer program. He made the transition to Prosper a few years later in 2009.
“I spent two years as Coach Rogers’ assistant for the boys’ program, and after two years the girls coach left,” Flores said. “I applied for that and got the job… and eight years later I’m here.”
And in those eight years, Flores has built quite the empire at Prosper High. From humble beginnings, to making it to Regional Finals this season, his program has found always found a way to prosper.
As a head coach, the burden of wins and losses is typically a top priority when establishing a winning program. Since his time at Prosper High School, he has racked up an overall winning record of 135 wins, 41 losses and 15 ties. But according to Flores, there’s so much more to the game than just winning.
“Soccer is a game that reveals character, and shows you a lot of things about life, and how you approach it,” he said. “I’ve always said I want (the players) to leave the program as better humans.”
His team-first mentality has painted a much bigger picture for his teams to focus on. He has seen players move on to play soccer at top-level colleges and universities, as well as graduate with honors at high-ranking schools.
“Every season has been extremely enjoyable. There’s been challenges and obstacles every season, but at the same time tons of memories.”
This season, Flores and the Lady Eagles were nearly unstoppable on the pitch. They boasted an overall record of 26-1-1, with their only loss coming from the eventual state champions in the game before state. It’s no surprise that a team of such high caliber is led by an award-winning coach, and Prosper Athletic Director Valerie Little said she could not be prouder of the accomplishments of Flores and his team.
“It is always humbling when our peers recognize and celebrate the quality of our coaches at Prosper High School,” she said. “In high school soccer, we have one of the most competitive regions in the state. For him to be the top representative out of all of them makes us very proud. … We truly appreciate the job Coach Flores does here at PHS.”
Amongst all the awards, Flores remains humble, giving all the credit to his girls and the success they have had.
“Success is maximizing capabilities,” Flores said. “I wouldn’t have gotten here without the kids. … I owe it to them, and the support of the school and the parents.”
Flores was also named the District 14-5A Coach of the Year for the 2016-2017 season. He and the returning girls are eager for the upcoming season in the fall.