Throughout an athlete’s career, they have a number of people that come into their lives, some for a short time and some for longer, that have an impact on the athlete. This could be coaches, teammates, or someone that have watched compete on television. Pablo Vargas plays soccer and says that out of all the people that have touched his life, there is one person that has had the biggest impact.
“Coach Liddel is the biggest role model in my life,” Vargas said. “He has taught me a lot of different things and has kept me motivated to do what I love the most. He is an outstanding coach and has helped make me the athlete and the person that I am today.”
Pablo is a junior at Enid High School where he plays holding midfielder as a member of the Plainsmen soccer team. He is in his seventh season of playing soccer and says that it has taken a lot to get where he is and the success that he has achieved was not just given to him. Instead, it was earned.
“It takes a lot of hard work in order to be successful,” he stated. “You also have to be dedicated to your team and sport. That means that there may be times when you have to skip some fun things in order to get the work in.”
Jorge Cabada, who is the head coach of the Enid boys’ soccer team, says that Vargas is an outstanding player and a key member of his team.
“Pablo is the catalyst in our midfield,” the coach said. “He is only a junior and overall, he brings it on both sides of the ball.”
As a student in the classroom, Pablo has learned from numerous teachers. But he says that there is one teacher that he has had that has made a big impact on his life.
“Mr. Artman would have to be my favorite teacher,” Vargas said. “He taught me that even if something seems impossible, do not quit. Work hard so you can continue to be successful.”