Baltimore- UMBC head men's soccer coach Pete Caringi, Jr. has signed a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2015-16 academic year, Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown announced today.
The Retriever mentor enters his 21st season as bench boss in 2011. He celebrated year No. 20 with aplomb, leading the Retrievers to an America East title and past No. 10 Princeton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. UMBC finished the campaign with the 25th-high RPI out of 204 Division I teams in the nation.
"The contract extension is an honor and I am extremely proud of the soccer program and what we have achieved. I would like to thank our administration for all their support, and hope we can continue to build on our success," Caringi said.
Caringi has the most victories of any soccer coach in school history and his 212 wins are the third-most of any Retriever mentor. He captured his 200th victory on the UMBC sidelines in the America East semifinal win at UNH on Nov. 11, 2009.
Last season, the Retrievers knocked off No. 23 Penn State in University Park and lost only once (4-1-2) in America East play. The team peaked at season's end, winning the conference title on its home field, and upsetting Princeton, 2-1, in the NCAA Tournament.
In 29 years as a collegiate coach, Coach Caringi has never suffered back-to-back sub-.500 seasons.
"Coach Caringi is the longest-tenured coach in our department and his teams always represent the university with distinction on the field and in the classroom," Dr. Brown said. "In the past two years, his squads have had outstanding seasons and gained national recognition. I hope he continues to be successful in our quest for additional America East titles."
Pete Caringi, Jr.
Moreover, Anthony Adams has been promoted to the position of associate head coach. The Retriever alum ('97) enters his 15th year as Caringi's top assistant.
On five occasions, Adams has been named one of the nation's top assistant coaches by College Soccer News. He earned his fifth accolade after the 2010 season and in 2003, he was one of 27 college coaches in the nation to be honored as an Assistant Coach of the Year by AFLAC.
"I am thrilled that Coach Adams has been rewarded for all his work that he has put into the program. His promotion as an associate head coach is well deserved," Caringi said. "I look forward to continuing working with him and my staff to make UMBC Soccer the best program it can be."
Adams earned four letters for UMBC from 1992-95 and was a starter in the backfield in his final three seasons. The Dundalk, Md. native (Calvert Hall) has been an extremely successful coach at the club level. As coach of the Soccer Club of Baltimore and the Baltimore Bays, he won ten state championships, two regional titles and made two national final four appearances from 1996-2007. Adams has been a member of the staff of the USSF Development Academy's Baltimore Bays since 2008 and had three teams place in the Academy Final Eight over the past two years.
Adams earned the 1995 Retriever Club Scholarship Award, given each year to a junior student-athlete who demonstrates academic and athletic excellence and a commitment to UMBC's community service program.
Caringi was named UMBC's fourth head coach in the spring of 1991 after 10 sensational years at Essex Community College, where he compiled an overall record of 170-27-8. He coached the Knights to the National Junior College championship game in 1984 and 1989 and was named NJCAA National Coach of the Year and Region XX Coach of the Year in both seasons.
In 1994, the Baltimore native was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Hall of Fame and in May 1998, he was inducted into the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was a member of the second class inducted into the University of Baltimore Athletic Hall of Fame.
Not only did Caringi have success at the junior college level, but he reached the top in the professional ranks as well. In 1990, he coached the Maryland Bays of the American Professional Soccer League to a 20-5 record and the league title. He served as assistant coach for the Bays in the 1988 and 1989 seasons. The offensive-minded mentor made an immediate impact at UMBC, winning a school record-tying 15 games in two of his first three seasons.
Caringi was a two-time All-American at the University of Baltimore (1976, 1977) and is the school's all-time leading goal-scorer with 70. Moreover, the Retriever mentor is 21st on the NCAA Division II all-time goals list and is 39th in scoring with 159 points. He captained the 1975 NCAA Division II national championship team and played for the Washington Diplomats of the North American Soccer League in 1978.