MUSCATINE, Iowa–A lifelong soccer player, Edgar Arceo got his first taste of the sport at a very tender age: “Growing up in Southern California, it was one of two sports, baseball and soccer, and I played both. I was a very young child when I started to kick the ball around with family and friends.”
As Arceo and his brothers grew up, his family decided to move to Muscatine, where many of their relatives lived. Arceo brought his love of soccer with him and played for the boys soccer team throughout high school. In 2002, the year he graduated, the boys won the state tournament, a crowning achievement.
Though Arceo went to Iowa Central Community College to play football, he continued to practice with the soccer team and to play with the Latin American Soccer league, which traveled at the time. After finishing his two years at Iowa Central, he studied at Iowa State University before graduating from the University of Iowa.
Even after finishing school, Arceo stayed connected to soccer. For the past 18 or so years, he has coached for both the Iowa City Alliance and the Muscatine Soccer Club at various points. Currently Arceo serves as the Muscatine Soccer Club’s director of high school development and coaches the boys U19 team. By working with the Muscatine Soccer Club, Arceo got to know many of the players on both the Muscatine High School soccer teams.
Recently, Arceo and his family moved back to the Muscatine area, just as his parents did many years ago. “Now that we have a family, we want to be closer to family,” he shared.
When Arceo saw that Muscatine High School needed to hire a new girls head soccer coach 20 years after his team won the state championship, he felt the time had come for him to apply for the position. He remembers thinking, “it might be meant to be.”
Now, as the head coach for a team that went to the state tournament last season, Arceo hopes to coach the girls to future success. He also believes his many years of coaching experience will help him develop his players into confident and competent young people both in sports and in other aspects of their lives. As he put it, he most looks forward to, “helping them grow, not just as players but as young adults and giving them opportunities on and off the field.”