by Amanda Rogers, Sports Information Director
Montgomery County Community College welcomes two new coaches to the Mustangs athletics team, Carol Atkinson and Obed Arango. Atkinson has been named the head coach for women’s softball and Arango has been named head coach of men’s soccer. Both individuals come to the Mustangs with exceptional backgrounds in their fields. “I am excited about the new additions to our Mustangs family,” commented Athletic Director Bruce Bach. “I think Carol and Obed are a great fit for our programs and will produce some very competitive teams.”
Prior to joining the Mustangs, Carol Atkinson was the Head Coach at Indian Crest Middle School in Souderton, Pa. where she racked up multiple league championships and compiled a 40- 11 record in five seasons. Coach Atkinson graduated from Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa. where she was an all-star player at multiple fielding positions. At Lackawanna Trail High School she was all-regional and was invited to play with a women’s professional baseball team following her senior year. Coach Atkinson has been involved with softball for over 25 years and has a proven track record of transforming programs at multiple levels.
Coach Obed Arango Hisijara is a Mexican visual artist, adjunct professor for the Fine Arts Center and head men’s soccer coach for the Mustangs. He holds several state and national track championships from Mexico in 100, 400, 800 meters dash and relays 4×100 and 4×400 meters (1984-1991). Moreover Coach Arango played for the Borregos Salvajes (Rams) of Monterrey Technological Institute, in the Mexican university soccer first division.
In Mexico, Coach Arango was a tenured Professor of Communication at UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he also combined his academic activities with his role of assistant coach for the soccer and track teams. In the United States, Coach Arango obtained his Regional soccer certification from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2003. He has been coaching in the US for 11 years. In 2003 he formed and coached the master degree adult soccer team, Palmer FC, at Eastern University. From 2003-2005, his team played and reached the finals in the Philadelphia’s first adult division league, which provides playing opportunity to adult players.
Coach Arango also coached several teams for Lower Merion Soccer Club (2002-2006) and the Pumas Soccer Girls traveling team of Whitpain Recreational Association (2007-2013). Along with assistant and manager Colleen Foglia, Coach Arango has been developing soccer talent in girls, aiming to “form excellent people and excellent athletes” while preparing them for competition on varsity high school teams. In addition Coach Arango is board member of the Center for Culture, Art, Training and Education CCATE, a non-profit of Montgomery County that provides young adults and adolescents opportunities in the areas of education, art and sports.
Coach Arango as a visual arts professor and coach at Montgomery County Communtiy College, who believes that competitive sports discipline at college level provides students the skills necessary to succeed in life. His goal is to develop a successful Mustangs male soccer program that sets up a new generation of successful students, athletes and professionals.