Conor Ward is the new head coach for Irvine Valley's men's soccer team after spending three years as an assistant under legendary coach Martin McGrogan.
McGrogan retired in the summer of 2022.
Ward grew up in Scotland and played for two successful youth clubs – Hutchison Vale FC and then Murieston United CFC.
He represented West of Scotland and County teams at all age groups.
He moved on to play between pro clubs – Hearts FC and Falkirk FC at the academy level and then at the semi pro level with Whitburn FC. He lifted the County Cup at Livingston FC Stadium.
Ward has been in the United States for almost five years now.
He works for soccer data analysis company Playermaker and is also the boys Boys Director and Development coach for AYSO United. His duties for the club include ensuring the boys program is reaching targets on playing level, managing team operations and coaching duties.
Ward was also a junior varsity coach at Long Beach Wilson and worked with the Boca Juniors Club in Long Beach before joining the Irvine Valley staff.
He is on course to graduate with a degree in Football coaching, youth development and management from the University of South Wales in 2020 and is also working on his UEFA B license.
Ward lives in Long Beach with his wife and daughter.