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Former Santa Margarita and Trabuco Hills girls soccer coach Eddie Huerta, whose career included leading club teams and giving hundreds of lessons, died Thursday of complications from cancer, his marries Paulette.
Huerta, 54, guided Trabuco Hills in 2022-23 to a turnaround season that included a share of the Sea View League title and a trip to the second round of the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs. The Mustangs were winless in the South Coast League the previous season.
Huerta resigned after the season, his first at Trabuco Hills, for health reasons, his daughter Alexes said.
Alexes said his father loved coaching football, but his lessons extended beyond the field.
“He was teaching kids to be better people,” said Alexes, who helped his father at Trabuco Hills, his alma mater, and at Santa Margarita. “He was passionate about it.”
Huerta came to Trabuco Hills after three years running the Santa Margarita Power Plant. His tenure includes a Trinity League championship and three playoff appearances.
At Santa Margarita, Huerta compiled a 39-10-7 record, including a co-league title in 2019-20 and two league runner-up finishes.
He took the reins at Santa Margarita after serving 24 years as an assistant to former Eagles girls coach Chuck Morales.
“He was fully responsible for building this program,” Morales said of Huerta, who was part of several CIF-SS titles at the school. “It was like we were co-coaching.”
Huerta’s coaching career in women’s soccer spanned more than 30 years. He has coached at several clubs including West Coast, United and Pateadores.
“There’s a lot of love for Eddie,” Paulette said of her husband of 32 years. “It’s pretty amazing that people are coming forward.”
As a player, Huerta was a standout goalie at Alta Loma High before playing at the collegiate level at Concordia in Irvine. He recorded more than 300 saves at Concordia.
Huerta also taught for 28 years at Newhart Middle School in Mission Viejo.
He began battling kidney cancer in 2022, Alexes said. The cancer then spread to his lungs, but he kept his battle a secret until last week, she added.
Huerta’s daughter Ravyn marveled at her father’s strength in the fight against cancer.
“He was a walking miracle,” she said. “I’m so happy to be called his daughter.”
Terms of service have not been announced but a GoFundMe has been created.
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