Kansas City, Kan. - UMBC Head Men's Soccer Coach Pete Caringi, Jr. has been selected as the NSCAA Senior College Men's Northeast regional coach of the year for the 2013 season.
For the second time in his UMBC career, Caringi will now be a candidate for National Coach of the Year. The national ballot will be comprised of all eight regional coach of the year winners, as well as the final four coaches that did not garner recognition as a regional coach of the year.
Caringi earned the 1999 South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year honors, after leading UMBC to the best record in the nation at 19-1-2 and the school's first bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.
In 2013, UMBC won its first America East regular season crown since 2003 after completing an undefeated (5-0-2) conference season and captured their third tournament title and NCAA automatic bid in the last four years. The Retrievers received a first round bye and played UConn in the Second Round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup. It was the first time in school history that UMBC competed in and hosted an NCAA Division I Tournament contest. The two teams played to a 2-2 double overtime draw; UConn advanced in a penalty kick shootout.
UMBC was in the top ten in all polls and the RPI as of Nov. 20. UMBC was at No. 5 in Top Drawer Soccer, College Soccer News and in the Continental Tire NSCAA Poll. The Retrievers moved up eight slots to No. 10 in Soccer America poll and were No. 6 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings.
The Retrievers advanced to the second round in the NCAA Championships in both 2010 and 2012. The 2013 season marks UMBC's fourth NCAA Tournament appearance overall, having earned its first bid in 1999.
In 23 seasons under Caringi, UMBC is 145-47-29 (.722) at home and the Retrievers are 86-20-23 (.756) in 129 games on the Bermuda turf of Retriever Soccer Park. The Retriever mentor has an overall record of 246-144-54 (.615) during his tenure on Hilltop Circle and in 32 years as a collegiate head coach, he is 416-171-62 (.689).
Caringi has the most victories of any soccer coach in school history, and his 246 wins are the third-most of any Retriever mentor. He was the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2002, the America East Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 and led the America East Coaching Staff of the Year in 2013.