Head women’s basketball coach Trey Rachal reaches 100th win

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Head women’s basketball coach Trey Rachal reaches 100th win

Women's varsity head coach, Trey Rachal, at a home game against Little Elm on January 16, 2018.

Women's varsity head coach, Trey Rachal, at a home game against Little Elm on January 16, 2018.

Kester Muthalaly

Women's varsity head coach, Trey Rachal, at a home game against Little Elm on January 16, 2018.

Kester Muthalaly

Kester Muthalaly

Women's varsity head coach, Trey Rachal, at a home game against Little Elm on January 16, 2018.

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Kester Muthalaly
Women’s varsity head coach, Trey Rachal, drawing up a play against Little Elm on January 16, 2018.

After coaching at the high school for five years, Coach Trey Rachal has earned his 100th win. The Lady Eagles played The Colony at home and won 48-45.

In 2006, Trey Rachal began his career as an assistant coach for boys basketball in Edmond, Oklahoma and later worked in the same position here in 2012. Rachal earned his first win as head coach against Keller Central in 2013.

“He did the best at getting to know all of us as people on and off the court,” current collegiate athlete Kandyce Freeman said. “He learned how to coach us the way we all individually needed to be coached. He changed the program when he became head coach in 2013, because he took us to the playoffs for the first time the girl’s team had gone in years.”

Freeman also said Rachal’s connections with his players did not start at the high school level. “Since he began working here, he started getting to know the middle schoolers more,” Freeman said. “This was in order to invest in them, get them to care about the game, and encourage them to become better players.”

Now, his team is #6 in the state and Freeman said that she thinks a lot of the credit goes to him for building a winning environment and mentality from middle school up.

“It’s fun to celebrate little milestones in the coaching profession,” said Rachal. “Wins are never a goal that I want to set, because my goal is to work hard every day for my team and enjoy getting to come to work each day.”

The Lady Eagles’ record this year is 23-3 and their next few games are expected to add a few wins to Rachal’s record as well as improve their state rankings. Although their goal is to not get ahead of themselves and stay level-headed, they do plan to win the district championship this year.

The Lady Eagles competed against Little Elm two nights ago, easily winning with a score of 56-32.

The girls’ following games are against Newman Smith on (1/19), RL Turner on (1/23), McKinney North (1/26), The Colony (1/30), Carrollton Creekview (2/2), and Lake Dallas (2/6).

Recently, the Lady Eagles have won against all seven of these teams, with their previous scores being 64-29 against Little Elm, 67-15 against Newman Smith, 79-20 against RL Turner, 65-56 against McKinney North, 48-45 against The Colony, 65-32 against Carrollton Creekview, and 72-31 against Lake Dallas.