Prairie State College enjoyed its best-ever men's soccer season with a trip to the Northeast District Championship game for the first time.
On Friday, the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference honored Pioneers coach Carlos Reyes by naming him Skyway Conference Men's Coach of the Year. The award was voted on by the Skyway athletic directors.
Reyes is the third Pioneer coach to receive the honor. Prairie State's past winners were Patrick Reichard (men's tennis, 2013) and Jeff Boyd (women's basketball, 2012), who claimed the women's sports coach of the year.
"I'm honored to be named Coach of the Year in the Skyway Conference," Reyes said. "We had a fantastic season and I think God for this award. I thank the staff and PSC community for helping me achieve this honor."
Prairie State won a share of the conference championship and finished with an 18-4-1 mark. The Pioneers won the Region IV Tournament for the first time in school history.
Reyes has made Prairie State a pipeline for kids to four-year soccer programs. Sophomores Alejandro Lopez (Purdue University Fort Wayne), Adrian Duda (University of Illinois-Springfield) and Andres Osorio (Anderson University) will all take their talents to excellent programs in the fall.
Reyes returns several key cogs to the team, including Antonio Leal, who was the Skyway Conference Player of the Year and a Second Team All-American in Division I.
Reyes is a product of Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, was both a Daily Southtown All-Area and All-Chicago Catholic League selection his senior year of 2006. The 5-foot-11 defender/midfielder was also a Times of Northwest Indiana All-Area pick following his junior slate of 2005.
Following his standout prep career, Reyes played two seasons at South Suburban College before transferring to Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights.
Reyes turned his sights on a pro career following his days with the Trolls, spending a season with the Chicago Mustangs of the indoor Major Arena Soccer League.
When not coaching, Reyes works as an academic advisor, recruiter and counselor at PSC.