Martin McGrogan has been the coach of the Irvine Valley men's soccer team since its start in 1991. He has had success year in and year out.
Under McGrogan's leadership, Irvine Valley has won four conference titles and two state championships - 1993 and 2003. The Lasers finished as state runner-up in 1992.
McGrogan won his 300th match at the college this season when his side defeated Norco, 4-0, on Oct. 23.
McGrogan's Lasers ended the 2015 year with an Orange Empire Conference title, a record of 16-3-5 and a trip to the SouthernCalifornia Regional Playoff Finals.
Irvine Valley had a 16-match unbeaten streak until its2-1 loss to Mt. SAC in the regional final.
The Lasers went unbeaten in their conference ending with arecord of 11-0-3 He helped guide the Lasers to a record of 16-3-5 overall.
But McGrogan's main focus is taking care of his student athletes. McGrogan has two main goals for them - to help them attain their educational goals, and second, to play competitive soccer.
"It's really been an honor and a privilege to be a coach here," McGrogan has said. "I am really very grateful. It's been a lot about longevity and also having so many incredible people here on the coaching staff, from Clyde Best to Billy McNicol and David Kemp, Jovan Stojanovski, Laurie Abrahams, Pat Callaghan, Matt Tutton, Chris Gould, Shaun Harris, Peter Carey, Joe Supe, Robbie Earle, Simon Davies and Alex Zotinca and now with Tom Lancaster, Claudio Trabattoni and Gerald Morel.
"I've been able to work with some of the best coaches around. There has been just unbelievable support."
Posted: 2015-12-07 17:31:15; Updated: 2015-12-07 09:32:55