Loi Phan couldn't stay away from coaching for too long.
After guiding the Glendale High football team to the CIF
postseason for the first time since 1991, the 37-year-old will return
to the sport he originally began coaching at the school.
Phan will be the head coach of the Nitro boys' soccer team this
winter, joining Edgar Manvelyan, who has held down the position for
the past two years.
Phan will be the head coach in title, but Manvelyan will still be
heavily involved in the program.
"I think it's going to be great to have him on board," said
Manvelyan, who played for Phan, who was the coach from 1992 to 2000.
"He taught me a lot about discipline and was a big influence on
me. When I found out he stopped coaching football, I asked him if
he'd come back, and I'm glad he did."
Phan resigned from coaching football in February after four years
at the helm. He led the Nitros back to respectability during his
tenure, increasing his win total each year.
This past season, Glendale went 5-6 and reached the CIF Southern
Section Division III playoffs, defeating rival Crescenta Valley for
the first time since 1991 in the process.
Glendale is hoping for similar results in boys' soccer. The past
two years, the Nitros have been on the brink of the postseason, going
20-11-8, including 12-3-6 last season.
But each time, Glendale has missed out on the playoffs. Last year,
it tied for second place in league with Muir and Pasadena, but lost
the tiebreaker and a chance at its first postseason berth since 1997.
"I think it's going to be a good combination," Phan said. "Soccer
wise, Edgar is very good, and I'm going to handle a lot of the
Added Manvelyan: "Loi knows how to get the job done. Look what he
did with the football program.
"I needed all the help I could get, because I couldn't do it