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Robert Irvine
Position: Assistant Coach
Phone: 215-573-6177
Email: pennsoccer@gmail.com

Robert Irvine completed his eighth season with the Quakers in 2013. During his time with the Red and Blue, Penn claimed two Ivy League championships and appeared in three of NCAA Championships. Irvine was responsible for organizing scouting reports for the Quakers in addition to his responsibilities on the sidelines.

During his tenure with the Quakers, Irvine was a part of two Ivy League championships and three NCAA Championships appearances. Over his eight seasons with the Red and Blue, Penn produced a 63-57-14 record and 29-24-4 mark in the Ivy League

Irvine arrived in Philadelphia after a successful two-year stint at College of the Southwest—an NAIA school located in Hobbs, N.M.—as head coach of both the men’s and women’s teams.

Irvine led the Mustang men to back-to-back winning records and berths in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) tournament semifinal round. He compiled a two-year record of 22-14, and was the 2004 RRAC Men’s Co-Coach of the Year. During his tenure, six players earned first-team all-conference and seven were second-team selections.

On the women’s side—duties that he relinquished following the 2005 season—Irvine put together consecutive winning seasons (a combined 20-16-1) and RRAC tournament appearances. He was the conference’s Coach of the Year in 2004 and followed that up with Co-Coach of the Year honors 2005. Irvine had women earn Red River Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year (2004), Defensive Player of the Year (2004 and 2005) and Newcomer of the Year (2005). Eight of Irvine’s women were first-team All-RRAC selections, and seven were second-team picks, and he also had seven players earn NAIA Regional VI honors.

At the Division I level, Irvine spent three seasons (2001-03) as an assistant coach for his alma mater, Syracuse University. During that time, he earned his masters in public administration at Syracuse.

During his tenure, the Orange had a player earn Soccer America Freshman of the Year (Jarett Park in 2001) and another, Chris Aloisi, selected in the 2004 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft. In addition, Irvine coached three players who helped Canada to a quarterfinal berth at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Irvine also has experience coaching at the Olympic Development Program (ODP) level, as he was a staff coach for the Region IV camp in 2004. He currently holds an "A" license from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

Irvine enjoyed a successful playing career before he jumped into coaching. A two-time captain at Syracuse, he played for Canada’s U-17 national team at that age group’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament in 1991, and in 1993 and 1994 he was in Canada’s Olympic Soccer Team pool of players. Irvine also played professionally for a number of years.

In 2012, Irvine earned a Masters in Organizational Dynamics from Penn.

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