Akron Soccer's Embick Named NSCAA Assistant Coach of the Year

Updated 1/17/2011
Story courtesy of Akron Athletic Communications

AKRON, Ohio -
University of Akron associate head men's soccer coach Jared Embick was named the recipient of the Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Collegiate Assistant Coach of the Year award at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America awards banquet held Friday evening at the Hilton Baltimore in conjunction with the 2011 NSCAA Convention.

It is the second consecutive season an Akron coach has received a national award from the association as head coach Caleb Porter was named Coach of the Year for the 2009 campaign.

"I am truly honored to receive this award," Embick said. "I would like to thank Coach Porter for all he has done for me and how he has helped me grow as a coach and person. It has been an exciting year, winning the program's first national championship, and seeing seven of our players fulfill their dreams by being drafted into Major League Soccer. It is a privilege to coach all of our players at a University and in a community that has embraced our program. That support and passion is what makes this job so special. I am excited about our program's future and look forward to building on what we have accomplished."

During his four years on the Zips staff, Embick has helped guide Akron to the pinnacle of Division I men's soccer. UA earned its first team national championship in any sport last December with a 1-0 victory over Louisville in Santa Barbara, Calif., and set MLS records with seven players selected in the SuperDraft last Thursday - including five first-round choices.

Since Embick joined the staff in 2007, Akron has posted an overall record of 77-8-9, advanced to the NCAA championship match in consecutive seasons and has won four straight Mid-American Conference Tournament titles. UA has lost just once during the regular run of play over the past two seasons - a span of 50 games - and set NCAA records with 11 consecutive shutouts and a 39-game unbeaten streak at home.

"Jared has been instrumental to our success over the past four years," Porter said. "He is very deserving of this award and I am fortunate to have him in our program at Akron."

Embick's primary responsibilities on the staff include recruiting, scouting, game-day preparation and video analysis. He also serves as the team's academic liaison and compliance coordinator and assists with daily training. In 2009-10, the Zips landed four players on the Academic All-America Team, including Academic All-America of the Year Kofi Sarkodie, and posted the eighth-highest cumulative team GPA in the nation with a mark of 3.33.

Prior to joining the Zips, Embick spent four seasons as the head men's soccer coach at Missouri Baptist University. There he oversaw operation of the entire soccer program, including practice planning, recruiting, scheduling, fundraising, budget planning and development and academic monitoring. During his four seasons, the men posted a record of 47-21-8, including the program's first NAIA regional tournament berth in 2003. In 2006, the school achieved its highest-ever national ranking at No. 7.

In addition, Embick took over head coaching duties for the women's program in 2006. In all he spent six years with the Spartans, including two seasons as a graduate assistant (2000-01) and one season as assistant coach (2002) with the men's program. While at Missouri Baptist, Embick also served as assistant coach for River Cities FC of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL). There he assisted with practice planning and recruiting, helping to lead the squad to a 13-2-1 record in its inaugural season and an appearance in the WPSL national final.