Pasadena City College
Head Coach: Edgar Manvelyan (6th Season in 2015)
Coach's E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
PCC Careeer Record: 32-47-28 overall; 21-32-17 conference
From 2001-2002, Edgar Manvelyan 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, Manvelyan returned to PCC with a mission to rebuild the Lancers and bring them back into the upper echelon of the South Coast Conference as the college's men's soccer head coach.
Manvelyan was chosen as just the second head coach for the men's program since 1998. The 33-year-old Manvelyan had previously served as an assistant coach for the program in 2008-2009.
Last season, while the Lancers had a tough year, PCC had perhaps the conference's most talented defender in 2-time All-SCC selection George Barba, who earned a scholarship to Cal Baptist University (Riverside). The Lancers defeated eventual CCCAA state finalist Mt. San Antonio, 1-0, in the year's lone team highlight. PCC can take heart that the SCC featured a year in which the second and third place finishers played each other in the state championship game (Cerritos over Mt. SAC). El Camino won the conference title, showing just how competitive the South Coast is compared to the rest of the state.
In 2013, Manvelyan, along with the help of associate head coach Henry Cabral, guided the Lancers to their first SoCal playoff appearance in seven years. PCC grabbed the region's No. 7 seed and despite a loss to LA Mission, the Lancers can look back at the head coach's finest season in charge of the program at 8-7-7 overall.. Pasadena placed third in the SCC at 7-4-3 and were helped by SCC Co-Defensive Player of the Year in goalie Gaetano Perez, who set school records for saves and shutouts in a career. The Lancers continued their success against CCCAA state finalist Mt. San Antonio, going 1-0-1 v. the Mounties. All-SCC forward Eric Chavez (team-leading goal scorer in 2012-13) later earned the Horrell Scholarship for academic and athletic performance.
In 2012, the team's 6-9-6 overall record was misleading as the Lancers went 6-3-5 to finish in a fourth-place tie in the nation's most difficult college conference--the South Coast. Pasadena put together a 7-match undefeated streak and went 5-1-3 over its final nine matches. In the final week of the season, Pasadena played to a 2-2 tie with first-place Mt. San Antonio that proved to knock the team out of the playoff hunt.
The Lancers defense was rewarded with three defenders receiving All-SCC honors in First Team selections Elio Anguiano and Michael Alcaraz along with Second Team choice Yeyson Caballeros. Midfielder Victor Menchaca was also picked All-SCC Second Team.
In 2011, the Lancers had a terrific non-conference start to the season when they went 5-1-1, but injuries and depth on defense hurt the team during conference play. PCC finished the year at 7-10-4, yet featured an improved offense led by All-SCC First Team selection Gor Kirakosyan, now at UC Irvine. Kirakosyan and fellow honorable mention freshman Irving Rosales each scored 14 goals to tie for the team lead. Kirakosyan received PCC's High Men's GPA Award with a 3.56 mark. All-SCC Second Teamer Ryosuke Tarui earned an Elizabeth Jensen Transfer Scholarship and held a 3.42 GPA.
In his first head coaching year at PCC, the Lancers went 6-8-8 overall as the 2010 squad was the state's most improved team on defense. He coached goalie Jorge Cervantes, an All-South Coast Conference First Team selection, and Second Team midfielder Valentine Obinwa from Nigeria. In October, his Lancers handed eventual state champion Mt. San Antonio a 3-2 defeat, rallying from a 2-0 halftime deficit. Pasadena played to a record number of 0-0 ties with four scoreless games. The eight overall ties is a PCC school record for a season.
Manvelyan moves players to 4-year Level
Kirakosyan, the trio of Alcaraz, Caballeros, and Chavez (Manhattanville College, NY), David Gonzalez (University of La Verne), Francisco Cantero (Kansas Wesleyan), Khaled Gara (Whittier College), Rimar Daisley-West and David Krievs (Marymount College) are all Manvelyan-coached players who transferred to play at 4-year colleges.
From 2008 to present, Manvelyan has 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.
"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."