Head Coach Rob Irvine
Rob Irvine enters his third season as the head men's soccer coach at La Salle in 2018. Irvine was hired in 2016 after spending eight seasons as an assistant coach at Penn and the previous two campaigns as the head coach at Kean University.
The Explorers claimed a share of the Philadelphia Soccer Six title under Irvine's watch in 2017. La Salle went 8-9-1 overall and sported a strong 6-3-1 home record while going 2-0 against Soccer Six opponents. With Irvine at the helm, Matt Robinson was named to the Soccer Six All-Star, Atlantic 10 All-Academic, CoSIDA Academic All-District and Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area teams. The Explorers also had two all-rookie selections and six weekly award winners from the Soccer Six. Irvine's squad also earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award.
In his first season as head coach at La Salle, Irvine led the Explorers to a 5-1 record over its first six games, the team's best start in program history (tied with 1996). La Salle finished the year 10-8-1 overall and 5-3 in the Atlantic 10 for third place in the league, earning a bid to the A-10 Tournament. Three Explorers earned A-10 all-conference honors as well as Soccer Six postseason accolades, including A-10 First Team defenseman Colman Kennedy.
Irvine took over a Kean program in 2014 that finished next to last in the New Jersey Athletic Conference the previous season. He led the program to its most victories (12) since 2002 and its first home playoff game since 2006 in a conference that is considered one of the most competitive in Division III. In his second season, Kean began the season 14-2 and reached as high as #12 in the national polls. The Cougars finished the 2015 season ranked in the top 10 nationally in goals per game, assists per game and shots per game. Kean had eight All-NJAC selections in two seasons and one player named to the NSCAA All-Region team.
Irvine spent the previous eight seasons at Penn (2006-14), helping the Quakers to three NCAA Tournaments (2008, 2010 and 2013) and a pair of Ivy League Championships (2008, 2013). The 2010 NCAA bid was an at-large selection after the team finished 13-6 overall with a #24 RPI. The Quakers defeated Bucknell, 1-0, in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. He coached 42 All-Ivy League players, including 12 Quakers that were named to the first team. Duke Lacroix was named the 2013 Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year. In addition, four of his players were selected in the Major League Soccer draft (Christian Barreiro Tom Brandt, Dan Cepero, and Alex Grendi).
Irvine was the head men's and women's soccer coach at the College of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico from 2004-06. He was named the conference's coach of the year three times and led the team to the Red River Conference Tournament four times.
Born in Leeds, England and a native of Toronto, Ontario, Irvine began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Syracuse, from 2001-03. He also has extensive club coaching experience with FC Delco, including being the head coach of the U15/16 US Development Academy Team from 2008-10.
Irvine played collegiately at Syracuse from 1994-97 and served as the team captain during his junior and senior seasons. He was a four-year starter for the Orange and graduated with a bachelor's degree in advertising from the Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1998.
He was a member of the Canadian Olympic Soccer team pool in 1993-94 and competed in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Tournament as a member of the Canadian National U17 team in 1991.
Irvine began his professional playing career in the A-League in 1998 for the Toronto Lynx and was a National Professional Soccer League draft pick in 1998 by the Buffalo Blizzard. He played one season for the Glen Shields Sun Devils of the Canadian Professional Soccer League before two years with the Sacramento Knights of the World Indoor Soccer League, helping the team to the 1999 WISL Championships.
In addition to his bachelor's degree from Syracuse, Irvine received master's degrees from Syracuse (public administration, 2003) and Penn (organizational dynamics, 2012). He also owns an "A" license from the United States Soccer Federation.