Trail Blazers Men's Soccer History

The MCC-Blue River Trail Blazers soccer program was founded in 2007. The program is led by Head Coach David Owens, a graduate and former varsity collegiate player at Gonzaga University. The program is also fortunate to have top assistant coaches. Goran Karadzov played professionally and is an assistant coach to the 2014 MISL National Champion Missouri Comets and 2014 and 2015 NWSL National Champion FC Kansas City Blues.  Leonard Harmon, a goal keeping coach and collegiate player from the University of Pittsburgh rounds out an experienced coaching staff.

The Trail Blazers got off to a rocky start their first year, but quickly found postseason success in the following seasons. They earned NJCAA Region 16 Semifinal appearances in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014.  The 2009 team posted an 11-6-1 record, defeated two top 15 ranked opponents and scored 56 goals in 17 games. The 2010 team started slowly, but finished the season on a 10-4 run, scored 48 goals, posted 7 shutouts and earned the Trail Blazers their first NJCAA Region 16 title. The 2014 posted the program's best record, finishing 13-4-2 and winning a second NJCAA Region 16 title.  Coach Owens was named the 2010 and 2014 NJCAA Region 16 Coach of the Year.

In addition to on field success, the Trail Blazers have had numerous individual honors. They have had twenty-five NJCAA Region 16 first and second team selections, two NJCAA All-Americans and four Academic All-Americans.  In 2011, Yacine Hamchaoui became the first Trail Blazer to be voted NJCAA Region 16 Player of the Year and NJCAA Second Team All-American.  His Blue River career goals (30) and points (69) total were surpassed the following season by Paulo Novo.  In 2012, Paulo led the nation in goals (32) and points (70).  He was voted the NJCAA Region 16 Player of the Year and NJCAA First Team All-American.

With a great foundation in place, the Trail Blazers look forward to continued success in 2016.