MIGUEL BARRAGAN

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Women's Soccer Head Coach

Folks familiar with the North County soccer scene don’t mince words when describing MiraCosta College’s new women’s soccer coach Miguel Barragan. The words `brilliant,’ ‘exceptional,’ and `competitive’ often come to mind.

“He’s a phenomenal young coach who understands kids and is a skilled tactician,” said MiraCosta College men’s soccer coach Frank Zimmerman.

Bill Reitman, president of the Oceanside Breakers club soccer program agrees. “Tactically, he understands the game as well as anyone,” Reitman said. “He understands the skills side. He understands the tactical side. He’s an exceptional coach.”

Barragan was tapped to take the helm of the MiraCosta College’s women’s team in January. His plan is to create a strong program for the school while preparing his players with the capability of playing at the university level. “I want to start establishing a good platform and good environment, so that when they transfer they can be ready to play at a competitive collegiate level,” he told the Chariot, MiraCosta College’ student newspaper.

There is room for improvement. Even with PCAC all-conference player Sage Morretti, last year’s squad hit the skids late in the season, losing five of its final six games and finishing 6-12-2.

Barragan, 28, has been a fan of the sport since he can remember and began playing the game when he was 4 years old. He captained Oceanside High School’s 2002 CIF championship team and later played at Palomar College before moving on to a semipro soccer team while earning a business administration degree from Cal State San Marcos.

He has been a coach with the Oceanside Breakers since 2004 and began working as an assistant coach of the boys’ team at Oceanside High School the following year. He was an assistant coach of the MiraCosta College women’s team in 2006 and 2008-2011 before being named head coach this year. Awards include being named Oceanside Breakers Boys Coach of the Year in 2008 and Oceanside Breakers Girls Coach of the Year in 2011.

Barragan said he has been looking forward to the 2013 season. “The program has been improving to the point where we are pretty OK now,” he said. “We’ve definitely been on the upswing. We’ve been recruiting pretty heavily. Things are definitely promising.”

Not that it’s been easy. Recruiting at the community college level can be a thankless task.

“People are dealing with so many competing factors,” Barragan said. “People aren’t sure about their futures. People start working.”

But the way Barragan sees it, community college is a perfect stage for women’ soccer.

“There’s a pretty big drop off in opportunities in girls’ soccer after high school,” he said. “MiraCosta is a great option for girls who aren’t quite there to play at the university level.”

“We hope he has a long future with us,” said MiraCosta College Athletic Director Patrick Conahan. “We’re fortunate to have him join the department and we’re excited to see him build the program here at MiraCosta College.”