The Classical Academy coach Blake Galvin had stood on the sidelines of Dick's Sporting Goods Park five times, coaching his Titans in the championship game, and five times he watched as TCA fell.
Not this year.
In Galvin's 12th season at the helm, he led TCA to its sixth title game and finally walked away with the golden trophy as the Titans crushed Battle Mountain 7-1 to win the program's first state championship. Galvin is the Gazette's Boys' Soccer Coach of the Year.
"It's been great, honestly almost a little bit surreal," Galvin said of winning the 4A title. "You know, realizing that, hey, we actually got over that hump and the boys were able to get that win."
Galvin, who helped build the program from the start when it began as a JV program in 2005, has since led the Titans to the playoffs in all but one season.
"It's been a really crazy ride," he said.
"I just think that we've been blessed with some great players."
This year the Titans had two of the state's top four goal scorers in Titus Grant and Jaden Borja. Galvin said this year's team was the most talented he's had in his 12 years.
"This was the deepest team that we've had, for sure," Galvin said. "There were an awful lot of guys that I could pull off the bench and we didn't really drop much at all, but then you look at a player like Titus and Jaden, and to have a couple of guys like that who have the ability to score over 25 goals in a season is pretty ridiculous. Overall, I think this was by far the most talented team that we've had."
Galvin has thought about what the team will look like next season after losing 12 seniors, and while it will certainly be different, the challenge is something he is looking forward to.
"One of the things that I have learned in the last 12 years is, as much as I try to predict what the next season is going to be like, I'm always wrong," he said. "It's different every year and it's exciting every year, and while we're losing a great group of guys and it's going to be sad to see them go, I will be excited for a new season and the new challenges that come with it."