Player turnover is fast and furious at the junior college level, but Irvine Valley College men's soccer Coach Martin McGrogan doesn't seem to accept the notion of a "rebuilding" year.
McGrogan was the program's first coach in 1990, and since then the team has had just three losing seasons, winning one national title and two state titles and was runner-up in the state once. McGrogan, though, deflects praise and gives thanks to the athletes in the Irvine and surrounding areas.
"We've been really lucky the past 20 years, we've been fairly consistent," he said. "Before coming here I was at Corona del Mar, so I've been in the area a long while. The Orange Empire Conference — with soccer, volleyball, baseball — there's so many talented athletes. And a lot of them go on to four-year schools, so we've done fairly well."
McGrogan believes this year's team will continue the trend coming off the performance of last year's team, which went 15-5-2 overall, finished second in conference and reached the second round of the CCCAA Southern California Regionals before losing to nemesis Santa Ana.