AKRON, Ohio – Former Zips standout Pablo Moreira has been named Director of Soccer Operations for The University of Akron men's soccer program, head coach Caleb Porter announced Monday.
Moreira, who played at UA from 2003-'07, will assist in a number of areas relating to the daily operation of the program. Specifically, he will serve as the team liaison for marketing and promotions and website coordinator. Among other responsibilities, Moreira will also work closely with academics as well as provide support with fundraising efforts, accounting, the coordination of camps and management of equipment.
"I am thrilled to be able to bring Pablo back into the program," Porter said. "He will be a tremendous asset to the daily operations that go into running one of the nation's premiere men's soccer programs. Pablo has Akron soccer in his blood and his experience will be extremely valuable in maintaining the culture off the field that has been our hallmark for the past five years.
"In addition to knowing what Akron soccer is about on a deep level from his playing days, he also brings a business sense and attention to detail organizationally that I believe will make our program even more efficient. He is an ideal fit and has already hit the ground running."
Moreira, a native of Broadview Heights, Ohio, appeared in 65 games with the Zips, including 40 starts, and was a two-time All-Mid-American Conference team striker; earning first-team honors in 2006. He helped lead the Zips to back-to-back regular-season championships under Porter in 2006 and '07 and league tournament titles in '04 and '07.
In all, UA made four NCAA Tournament appearances during Moreira's time in an Akron uniform, including a trip to the quarterfinal round in 2005.
"As a former University of Akron soccer player, I am excited for the opportunity to come back to where it all started and contribute to this program in a different role," Moreira said. "It was an honor to play for Caleb and now to be able to work under a coach of his magnitude is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me."
Moreira, who completed his International Business degree from UA in 2007, spent the 2010 season as a volunteer coach at his alma mater, Brecksville-Broadview Heights High where he helped lead the Bees to an 18-1-1 overall record and a district championship.