Clarkstown, New York (May 1st 2012) Former Manchester United player Kevin Grogan has been hired as the Director of Coaching for the Clarkstown Soccer Club. Grogan will be charged with leading the coaching cadre and education programs for one of the largest
soccer clubs in the Lower Hudson Valley area.
Coach Grogan was signed by Alex Ferguson for Manchester United in 1998 just before playing a major role on the Ireland Under 16 team, on their way to becoming European Champions in Scotland. Grogan brings many years of experience both as a coach and as an administrator. Affiliated with numerous soccer clubs around the world and here in the tri-state area, he is very familiar with the soccer community and is well respected. Sir Alex Ferguson rated the young Irish man extremely high and Grogan was likened to a young David Beckham within the Irish media. Grogan progressed through the ranks of Manchester United and established himself as first team prospect. Training with the likes of David Beckham and Ryan Giggs, Grogan was almost ready to make the breakthrough.
Grogan's anticipated breakthrough came to a halt when a series of injuries resulted in his departure from Manchester United in the summer of 2001. He decided to combine football with studying and joined Eircom League Premier Division side UCD and enrolled on a Diploma course in Sports management. After a long battle with his injury it seemed his football career would be revived when he joined Millwall in 2003. Later that year he was told by Millwall doctors that his body could not take the strains of professional football after a series of operations and injections. The Pelvic injuries had taken too much out of him.
Unfortunately his efforts were in vain when his injury returned and he finally had to retire from full time professional football. Sir Alex Ferguson has said that it was one of his own personal disappointments to see Kevin retire. In June 2007 he was appointed Director of Football at his first club Belvedere FC and also set up his own successful Academy for the elite young players of Dublin. Coach Grogan holds his UFFA “B” licenses and has been coaching youth soccer in the United States for the past 4 years. He will be primarily responsible for the development and organization of all our travel programs for the 8 - 18 age group. We look forward for him to use his extensive
knowledge and experience in his role as DOC of FC Clarkstown.