Girls Soccer

Kennedale girls soccer coach stepping away for more family time

Head coach Michael Strange signals number one as they head off to the UIL State Championship Tournament in Georgetown Tuesday morning April 14, 2015. Students, staff and parents cheered the team on to the game. Their game will be Wednesday at 11a.m.
Head coach Michael Strange signals number one as they head off to the UIL State Championship Tournament in Georgetown Tuesday morning April 14, 2015. Students, staff and parents cheered the team on to the game. Their game will be Wednesday at 11a.m. Special to the Star-Telegram

Three years ago, Michael Strange turned the girls soccer program at Kennedale High School into a powerhouse. He won two UIL state soccer titles and more than 70 games.

On Friday, Strange announced on Twitter he is stepping away from coaching. He will remain at Kennedale to teach, but will focus on spending more family time with his two kids.

During the 2014-15 season, the Wildcats went 24-2-2 on their way to winning the first 4A state soccer title. Kennedale defended its title with a second straight the following year with a 28-2 record.

The Wildcats nearly made it three straight, but lost to 4A champ Stephenville in a shootout during the 4A Region I final.

In three years at Kennedale, Strange had a 74-5-3 record.

In district play, Kennedale never lost a game, going a perfect 24-0 under Strange. The Wildcats scored 442 goals and allowed 50 including 130-9 this past season.

Even with all the stats and dominating performances, the outpour of tweets from others came Strange’s way.

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