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Stephen Vargas is the new Kingsburg boys soccer coach and he will bring a defensive style to the Vikings.

“We want to be technically sound and build up from the back,” Vargas, 37, said. “We’re going to play the style of a higher level club or pro team.”

Kingsburg went 4-19-3 overall and 3-6-1 in the Central Sequoia League last season under former Vikings coach James Holocker who is now coaching in Hanford. The Vikings in 2016-2017 tied for fourth place in the CSL with Central Valley Christian. Dinuba won the league with a 9-0-1 record.

Vargas, a former Reedley High player, has coached an array of youth and club teams in Kingsburg and Selma and will be an on-campus coach for the Vikings. Among the teams he has coached is the Real CenCal Soccer Club, a Northern California Premier club.

“We have an off-season program and we’ve had about 35 kids for that,” Vargas said.

Vargas anticipates having a strong defensive team in 2016-2017 and hopes to control the ball as much as possible.  

“We’re going to play possession soccer and if we can out-possess teams we’ll be successful,” he said.

He also plans to stay on the prospective players about their grades to keep as many eligible as possible.

John Murphy can be reached at 583-2413 or

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