Ruiz named new coach of the Lady Rebels

Midland ISD is promoting one of its junior high soccer coaches to lead the Legacy girls soccer program.

Carlos Ruiz, the soccer coach at Abell Junior High, has been named the new coach of the Lady Rebels, the Reporter-Telegram has learned.

Ruiz replaces Brandon Allen, who stepped down from the position last month after four years of leading the program.

The Lady Rebels went 9-9-4 overall and finished sixth in District 2-6A with a 3-6 mark last season.

Ruiz is a 2002 Midland High graduate, has played college soccer and was part of the Sockers club in their first two years of existence.


“He’s also very well-known and very well respected in the club soccer arena,” said MISD Executive Director of Athletics Blake Feldt of Ruiz. “He’s one of the most knowledgeable soccer people in this area and in Texas. It’s rare that you see someone as dedicated as Carlos is to the game of soccer. We’re very soccer excited about him heading up our girls soccer program at Legacy High School. ”

Ruiz, who is in his 10th year working at MISD, said being named as LHS’s new girls soccer coach means a lot to him, especially being someone who went to school, played soccer, was a graduate and now works for the school district.

“I really think the program is in a terrific position,” Ruiz said. “I’m fortunate to take on the program and grow on what Coach Allen has done.

“I will bring maybe a unique style of play. Playing through college and semi pro, has added to my overall experience I had growing up. I plan on teaching the idea of ​​where to go and what to do when you get there. ”

Ruiz said he moved to Midland from Laredo in the sixth grade After graduating from MHS, he played soccer at Schreiner University during his freshman year before transferring to Texas A&M International, where he helped the Dustdevils win the Red River Conference and finish runner up in the NCAA regionals to Southern Nazarene. Ortiz said he finished up at UT-Permian Basin.

Ortiz has also coached club soccer with FC Dallas West Texas and started a club team with his brother.

“I’m just excited and fortunate to be getting this opportunity and I plan on working really hard to help this program succeed,” Ortiz said.

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