PHILADELPHIA – After eight seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania, Robert Irvine will leave University City as he was announced as the new head coach at Kean University today. Irvine will remain with the Quakers through June 30 before taking over at Kean for the 2014 season.
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.
“Penn Soccer is a special program,” Irvine said. “The moments I have been fortunate to share have truly made my time at Penn a life-changing experience. I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to learn and grow under Rudy. He has been, and will continue to be, a very influential person in my life. Penn Soccer is a special program because it has an exceptional leader.”
In addition to his coaching duties, Irvine was responsible for Penn’s scouting duties, preparing pre-match scouting reports on all of Penn’s opponents.
"I am absolutely thrilled for Rob. This is opportunity is long overdue for him,” Rudy Fuller, the James C. Gentle Head Coach of Men’s Soccer said. “Rob has played an integral role in every facet of our success over the past eight seasons, and I am extremely confident that he will achieve great success at Kean in the years ahead. His tireless approach to recruiting, training preparation, and game scouting will serve the Kean Soccer program well going forward. Most importantly, the Kean student-athletes are gaining a first class mentor, coach, and leader to guide and counsel them through their college experience. Rob is one of the rising stars in college soccer and I will forever be thankful for his commitment, loyalty, hard work, and most importantly, his friendship during our time together at Penn."
Irvine will take over for legendary Hall of Fame coach Tony Ochrimenko who helmed the Cougars for 38 seasons and won 468 matches.
“Without question, coaching is the best job in the world. I valued my time at Penn because I love the young people I interact with,” Irvine continued. “During my eight seasons, I have been very fortunate to coach many impressive young men. As a group, we experienced successful, but also challenging times. As Rudy stated to our team this fall, ‘special moments are shared with special people,’ I feel very fortunate to have shared eight special years at Penn with such remarkable student-athletes. Though it is with a heavy heart that I step away from Penn, I feel the timing is right for a new challenge and the opportunity to push myself.”
Irvine, a Syracuse University graduate who served as captain of the Orange for two seasons, earned a Masters in Organziational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012.