Ottumwa -- With practice for the women's soccer squad at Indian Hills getting underway this week, a new assistant coach for the Warriors is busy helping prepare the resurgent squad for the upcoming season.
Kevin Hurtado is the new assistant for women's coach Anthony Longo, who, in his first year in charge of the program, led IHCC to a 16-4-1 record and a spot in the Region 11 championship match a year ago, with the Warriors increasing their goals total from 46 to 78.
Hurtado's roots are in Louisiana, having played college soccer at Centenary College in Shreveport, La. He played under head coach David Orr in Centenary's last season in Division I soccer as a member of the Summit League.
After graduating from Centenary, Hurtado helped with the men's team for one year and the women's squad for the past three years. He assisted in directing the women to the first round of the 2016 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament. He has experience in training goalkeepers.
Hurtado most recently was the girls' varsity soccer coach at Benton High School in Benton, La., leading them to a 31-16-4 overall record and the second round of the state playoffs in both of his years there. Before that he acted as the girls' junior varsity coach at Parkway High School in Bossier City, La.