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Former Playing Great Manvelyan Named New PCC Men's Soccer Head Coach

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From 2001-2002, he played for two of the best teams in Pasadena City College men's soccer history. He is the program's second all-time leading points scorer. In 2010, Edgar Manvelyan returns to PCC with a mission to rebuild the Lancers back into a state contender as the college's new men's soccer head coach. 

Manvelyan was chosen as just the second head coach for the men's program since 1998, replacing his former head coach Cherif Zein. The 28-year-old Manvelyan had previously served as an assistant coach for Zein the past few seasons.

Manvelyan, a part-time hire, will work with fellow long-time assistant Lancers coach Warren Altounian in getting the Lancers ready for the 2010 season, which begins in late August. 

From 2008 to this year, Manvelyan had served as varsity head coach for the girls soccer team at La Salle High. From 2001-2005, he was the boys head coach at Glendale High. He is also a successful club coach for CZ Elite, where he serves as an assitant director.

As a student-athlete at PCC, Manvelyan played on a Lancers team that went on to reach the state semifinals in 2002. The two-time, All-South Coast Conference First Team selection also participated on the 2001 conference East Division champion squad. In his time as a player, the Lancers amassed a 32-8-8 overall record. Manvelyan also graduated from PCC with a AA degree in business administration.

The Lancers are coming off the program's worst season ever, an 0-20-1 winless campaign in 2009. 

"I want to rebuild and bring that winning tradition back to where it was when I played here," Manvelyan said. "My philosophy is to play attacking soccer, an entertaining style that will allow us to hopefully challenge for a conference or even a state title. I want to prepare my players to reach the next level. I have a responsibility to get my players ready to play, but also encourage them to complete their academic tasks."

Manvelyan's college head coaching debut will take place Aug. 27 when the 2010 Lancers open their season with a match at Golden West College. PCC's home opener is Sept. 7 against San Bernardino Valley. All Pasadena home games are played on campus at Robinson Stadium.

Release Date: 06/10/10
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