Waco: Central Texas native racks up 200th career win

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Kris Kahler, the varsity soccer head coach at Waco High School and 2001 graduate of A.J. Moore Academy, racked up his 200th win as head coach of the Lions Tuesday night.

Kris Kahler has racked up his 200th career win as Waco High's head soccer coach. (Courtesy photo)

“It means a lot to me personally as a coach but it also means a lot to me to see how the program has progressed and where we're headed,” Kahler said.

Kahler is in his 11th season as head coach of the Lions and reached his career 200th win when his team beat College Station 5-1 at Waco ISD Stadium Tuesday night.

“Twice as good as my 100th victory,” Kahler said when asked after the game about the win.

“Feels pretty good. Kids put in a lot of work. Coaches put in a lot of work. Community puts in a lot of work. We don’t just show up on game days and win games. There is just so much that goes on behind the scenes that separates us from other teams.”

Fellow coaches praise Kahler as a dedicated man who has turned the program around, taking his team to the playoffs every year he’s led it.

Kahler says the key to his success has a lot to do with what happens off the field.

“It has a lot to do with holding kids accountable, doing the right thing and playing hard every single day,” Kahler said.

“Being coachable and being a good student and it’s translated into a lot of wins for me.”

“We’ve been on the map a long time but it’s the recognition that a lot of guys trust our program,” Kahler said.

This week will mark the halfway point in district play for the Lions.

They are currently in second place just behind A&M Consolidated.