Story courtesy of Akron Athletic Communications
AKRON, Ohio - The University of Akron announced Friday that Caleb Porter has signed a six-year contract extension that will keep him as the Zips men's soccer head coach through the 2020 season.
With a career mark of 90-13-10 (.841) over five seasons, Porter, the 2009 NSCAA National Coach of the Year and four-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, is the NCAA's winningest active coach.
The Zips captured the school's first team national championship with a 1-0 victory Sunday over Louisville in Santa Barbara, Calif. It was just the third national championship by a Mid-American Conference school all-time, and the first in 45 years.
"The University of Akron is very proud of the remarkable season led by Caleb Porter and his team in bringing home the first-ever NCAA national championship in a team sport to the university. This victory is shared and celebrated by the Greater Akron community and all of Ohio," said UA President Luis M. Proenza. "Coach Porter is as committed to the development of outstanding character and academic success among his players as he is to achieving victory on the soccer field.
"I'm very pleased that the University will have Coach Porter for 10 more years. I think it's important that we not only reward Caleb for the job he's done, but also give him the support and stability he needs to keep our men's soccer program a successful and nationally-respected program for many years to come. Indeed, this win builds upon Akron's winning tradition in soccer that began over 50 years ago and marks an unforgettable moment in our university's history."
In the past two seasons, no team has been as dominant as Akron, which has lost just one game during the regular run of play over its last 50 games. During that time, the Zips have posted an overall mark of 45-2-3 while becoming the first school to advance to the national championship game in back-to-back seasons since Indiana accomplished the feat in 2003 and 2004.
After matching an NCAA record with 23 consecutive wins in 2009, Akron reached two more Division I milestones during its historic run in 2010 by posting its 11th consecutive shutout and running its home unbeaten streak to 39 games.