UMBC head men's soccer coach Pete Caringi, Jr. has signed a contract extension through the 2018 season, Director of Athletics Tim Hall announced today.
Caringi earned the 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Senior College Men's Northeast Regional Coach of the Year honor. In addition, the Retriever mentor and his staff earned America East Conference Coaching Staff of the Year accolades for the 2013 season.
"I am excited about staying at UMBC for another five years," Caringi said. "I appreciate all of the support from the administration, especially our President, Dr. Hrabowski, Nancy Young and our new AD Tim Hall. In addition, we have such a devoted, hard-working coaching staff and I am grateful to them for all of our program's success.
"I hope that we can continue to have success both on and off the field. The support from the UMBC alumni, fans, and supporters' group has been fantastic and I appreciate their dedication to the program."
In 2013, UMBC won its first America East regular season crown since 2003 after completing an undefeated (5-0-2) conference season, then captured its 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 at Retriever Soccer Park. 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; but UConn advanced in a penalty kick shootout.
During the season, UMBC placed in the top ten in all media polls. At its highest point, UMBC reached the No. 5 slot in Top Drawer Soccer, College Soccer News and the Continental Tire NSCAA Poll and climbed to a position of No. 10 in Soccer America. The program finished at No. 8 in the final NCAA RPI rankings.
UMBC finished the 2013 campaign with the top winning percentage in the nation (16-1-5, 84.1%).
"I believe Pete Caringi is one of the finest coaches in all of collegiate soccer-at any level," Hall said. "He has built a top-notch, enduring program - one that others are attempting to emulate. He sees himself as an educator first, which is so important to us. I am confident Pete will continue to have our program compete, at the highest level, well into the future."
The Retrievers advanced to the second round in the NCAA Championships in both 2010 and 2012. The 2013 season marked UMBC's fourth NCAA Tournament appearance overall, having earned its first bid in 1999.
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 23 seasons under Caringi, UMBC has a record of 246-144-54 (.615). In 33 years as a collegiate head coach, including ten at the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex, 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, regardless of sport. He was the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2002 and the America East Conference Coach of the Year in 2005.