Since the North Coast Section created two playoff division for boys soccer, Diablo Foothill Athletic League teams and Bishop O'Dowd High had won 11 of the first 12 Division II championships.

That domination was halted by Concord, which outscored its four playoff opponents 8-0 to win the Division II section title in 2013.

A large reason for the Minutemen's success was the steadying influence of coach Alfonso Munoz, who brought the school a title in his fourth season. For this, he has been chosen as the Bay Area News Group's East Bay Boys Soccer Coach of the Year.

"This team became more of a family than any other team I have coach at Concord High," Munoz said. "For that reason along I was very proud of what they accomplishments."

One of the members of that family played for him all through high school and has nothing but praise for him.

"He pushed all us to get better," second team All-East Bay keeper Emmanuel Jimenez said. "He talked to me and our teammates and would motivate us to go another step forward. He wanted us to be the best. I had him for four years and he made me who I am today. He motivated me and pushed me."

And where Munoz showed poise and grace was in accepting another voice as he brought in assistant Alonso Jimenez to help run a championship team.

"Alfonso was very understanding in taking in suggestions and he welcomed me with open arms," Jimenez said. "I found a coach who set aside all his personal interest and stepped to the side. We had the same goals in mind with the program, school, and players. His generosity of putting others first is what made this team do what it did."