Courtesy of Akron Sports Information
AKRON, Ohio –
Caleb Porter, the head coach of The University of Akron men's soccer program, has been selected as a 2012 Greater Akron Chamber "30 for the Future" recipient, the organization announced recently.
Part of the Greater Akron Chamber's strategy to attract and retain talent in the region, the "30 for the Future" award honors young professionals (ages 25-39) whose stellar contributions impact their industries and the Greater Akron Region.
Porter, who led the Zips to the school's first team national championship in any sport in 2010, will be recognized at a dinner and ceremony at the Kent State Student Center on Sept. 24 starting at 5 p.m.
"I'm honored to receive this award as Northeast Ohio and the Greater Akron Community are very special to me and my family," Porter said. "We were foreign to this area seven years ago when we moved to Akron and now my wife, Andrea, and I cherish the life we have raising our children here.
"Leading The University of Akron men's soccer program and mentoring our student athletes to pursue excellence in their lives is something I take great pride in. Over the past six years we have had some exceptional players, but more importantly, we have produced even better students and individuals. Many of them will graduate and become leaders in this community. I am proud to be associated with The University of Akron and to play a part in continuing to grow this wonderful community that I call home."
In a short amount of time, Porter, who owns the highest win percentage among all active Division I coaches, has become one of the most highly respected soccer coaches in the nation.
Since becoming the sixth head coach in Akron history in 2006, Porter, who owns a career mark of 105-17-14 (.824), has built the Zips' program into a perennial national championship contender while developing a brand of play that is attractive and attack-oriented, yet effective on both sides of the ball.
In all, Porter, 37, has guided Akron to seven Mid-American Conference regular season championships, four MAC Tournament titles and four consecutive trips to the NCAA's Round of 16. He became the fastest coach in program history to reach 100 career wins, accomplishing the feat in just 126 matches, and is among the fastest in NCAA history to do so.
Porter, who was rewarded with a 10-year contract extension that will keep him at UA through the 2020season, was named the NSCAA National Coach of the Year in 2009 and has won the MAC Coach of the Year award in each of the past five seasons (2007-11). He is also a three-time Division I All-Ohio Coach of the Year.
As a team, the Zips have been just as impressive in the classroom during Porter's tenure.
Akron was ranked No. 2 in the nation for the 2010-11 academic year with a team GPA of 3.44 (second only to Harvard's 3.45) after earning a No. 8 designation (3.33) for 2009-10. In all, 10 Zips have been named to Academic All-America teams in six seasons under Porter while 19 have been named to the all-conference academic team.
Independent committees selected the recipients of the "30 for the Future" award based on the finalists' Leadership Documents, which showcased professional and community accomplishments, team building, leadership, and creativity in overcoming obstacles. Recipients were nominated by members of the Greater Akron Chamber and regional profit and non-profit organizations, including many of the region's young professional organizations.
The September 24th gala celebration is open to the public. Individual tickets are $50 for Chamber members and $60 for non-members. Contact Angela Presutti at (330) 237-1263 for more information.