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Coach Irving returns for his ninth season as Head Coach and second season as General Manager of the Hammerheads. Holding an English F.A. Coaching Badge, Irving has an overall record of 93-47-19 since beginning his reign with the Hammerheads. Coach Irving began his career in coaching with OPS Finland where he served as player/assistant coach. He brought his knowledge of soccer back to the United States in 1988 when he signed on with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers as the Director of Player Personnel/Assistant Coach. The Strikers won the National Championship in 1989.

His professional playing experience includes tenures with Everton of the English Premier League, Sheffield United, Oldham Athletic Football Club and the Shamrock Rovers. He played in the U.S. for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Tulsa Roughnecks, San Jose Earthquakes, and the Atlanta Chiefs. Irving has played with such legendary players as George Best, Gordon Banks, Gerhard Mueller and competed against opponents such as Pele and Franz Beckenbauer.

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