Head Men’s Soccer Coach Pete Caringi Named NSCAA National Coach of the Year

UMBC Head Men’s Soccer Coach Pete Caringi was named 2014 National Division I Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The award is voted upon by Caringi’s fellow coaches who are members of the NSCAA. It is the Retriever mentor’s third top honor in 30 years, as he was selected as the National Junior College Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1989. At the senior college level, Caringi earned South Atlantic regional honors in 1999 and Northeast regional honors in 2013.

Caringi just completed his 24th season at UMBC and has piloted the Retrievers to America East titles and NCAA Championship appearances of four of the last five seasons and five overall.

The 2014 Retrievers advanced further in an NCAA tournament than any previous UMBC squad in school history. UMBC set a tournament record by knocking off four opponents on the road and all by shutout, before falling, 1-0, to eventual national champion Virginia in the national semifinals.

The Baltimore native has an overall record of 260-150-59 (.619) during his tenure on Hilltop Circle and in 32 years as a head coach, he is 430-177-67 (.691).

RAC Final Exam Hours of Operation

Below are the RAC Final Exam Hours of Operation:

Monday, December 8th…………………………7:00am-10:00pm
Tuesday, December 9th………………………..7:00am-10:00pm
Wednesday, December 10th…………………7:00am-8:00pm
Thursday, December 11th…………………….7:00am-8:00pm
Friday, December 12th…………………………7:00am-8:00pm
Saturday, December 13th…………………….12:00pm-7:00pm
Sunday, December 14th………………………12:00pm-7:00pm

Monday, December 15th………………………7:00am-8:00pm
Tuesday, December 16th……………………..7:00am-8:00pm
Wednesday, December 17th………………..12:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday, December 18th……………………12:00pm-8:00pm
Friday, December 19th…………………………7:00am-8:00pm

The last day of Group Fitness Classes is Friday, December 19. The last day of Rec Swim is Wednesday, December 17.

The RAC will be CLOSED Saturday, December 20 through Sunday, January 4th and will re-open for Winter Recreation on Monday, January 5.

UMBC Men’s Soccer Advances in NCAA Tournament

15870081835_9dd8a55cf7_zThis fall marks a historic year for the UMBC men’s soccer team as they advance to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. After winning their third America East title, the Retrievers defeated Wake Forest and College Park in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.

The win against College Park at the time marked the furthest a UMBC Division I team had advanced in a national tournament, until the team again emerged victorious in the next round. On Sunday, UMBC men’s soccer bested the University of Louisville in the third NCAA round to make the quarterfinals.

UMBC has been undefeated in its last nine games and will play the Creighton Blue Jays on December 5 at 8 p.m. in Omaha, Nebraska.

“I just think this is a team of destiny,” Coach Pete Caringi told The Baltimore Sun. “…To beat Wake on the road, to beat Maryland on the road and to beat Louisville on the road is quite an accomplishment, but we don’t feel like we are done.”

Read coverage of the NCAA tournament below. Visit www.umbcretrievers.com to see video highlights and find out details about UMBC vs Crestleigh.UMBC vs. Wake Forest:
UMBC beats Wake in PKs, gets Terps next
(Baltimore Sun)

UMBC vs. College Park
NCAA: UMBC stuns Maryland, while Virginia teams and Georgetown advance (Washington Post)
UMBC upsets Maryland, 1-0, to advance in NCAA men’s soccer tournament (Baltimore Sun)

UMBC vs. University of Louisville
UMBC advances to Elite Eight with 1-0 win over Louisville in men’s soccer (Baltimore Sun)
UMBC, the ACC giant slayer, strikes again (Soccer America)
U of L soccer falls to UMBC in third round (The Courier-Journal)

UMBC Men’s Soccer Squad Receives NSCAA Academic Honor

15870094955_8999c112ed_zUMBC red-shirt sophomore goalkeeper Billy Heavner earned the inaugural America East Conference Elite 18 Award, honoring student-athletes who exemplify excellence both in their sport and in the classroom. The awards were presented at the conclusion of the league’s six fall championships

The Elite 18 Award Program was established by the conference in June 2013 for implementation in the 2014-15 academic year to honor the highest achievement in academics and athletics by a student-athlete in each America East sponsored sport.

Heavner maintains a perfect 4.00 GPA while majoring in financial economics. He took over the starting position mid-season and has posted a record of 10-1-2, leading the Retrievers to the third round of the NCAA Championships. Heavner is currently eighth in the nation in save percentage (84.3%) and 11 th in goals against average (0.59).

Moreover, both the UMBC men’s and women’s soccer teams earned NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 academic year.

Across the nation and throughout all divisions, a total of 861 soccer teams (279 men, 582 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the distinction. Of that total, 188 schools had both their men’s and women’s programs recognized, including both Pete Caringii’s and Leslie Wray’s squads.

The men posted a grade-point average of 3.08, while the women recorded a mark of 3.46.

UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame Welcomes Seven New Inductees

Seven former UMBC student-athletes will be inducted into the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. A dinner and subsequent ceremony will take place at the Westin BWI Airport Hotel, beginning at 6 p.m.

Six student-athletes were recently selected by the committee and a seventh, lacrosse standout Brendan Mundorf, ’06, will join that group this winter. Mundorf was tabbed in 2012, but professional lacrosse obligations precluded him from attending the prior inductions.

In addition to Mundorf, the class of 2015 includes Melanie Denischuk, ’07, softball, Marcus Gross, ’06, men’s soccer, Andrew Hampson, ’00, men’s lacrosse, Izudin Mehmedovic, ’07, cross country/track & field, Lindsey Prather, ’05, swimming & diving and Darryl Proctor, ’10, men’s basketball.

Full bios on the inductees are available on www.umbcretrievers.com, along with bios of all of UMBC Athletics Hall of Famers.

Ticket information for the induction ceremony will be made public later this month.

Tim Hall, Athletic Director, Serves As Featured Panelist at the 2014 NACWAA Convention

Director of Athletics Tim Hall was a featured panelist of NCAA Division I athletic directors at the 2014 NACWAA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Alabama A&M Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Dr. Renae Myles led an all-star panel of Division I athletic National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, which was founded in 1979 as the premier leadership organization dedicated to empowering, developing and advancing the success of women throughout the profession.

Dr. Myles moderated an engaging session titled: “Why Women Leaders are Critical to Department Success.” She led the Sunday conversation with Tim Hall, Whit Babcock, athletic director at Virginia Tech; Indiana University Vice President and Athletic Director at Indiana University Fred Glass.

“Whit, Fred, and Tim are known for being proponents of positioning women in non-traditional roles within athletics. So, they were the perfect industry experts and leaders to headline this panel,” said Dr. Myles.