AKRON, Ohio – After leading the Zips back to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive season, University of Akron head men's soccer coach Jared Embick has been named All-Ohio Coach of the Year, the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association announced this week.
As a group, the Zips (17-4-1) also landed four standouts on the All-Ohio Team, including First Team honorees Reinaldo Brenes, Bryan Gallego, Aodhan Quinn and Eric Stevenson. Rounding out the list of Akron award winners, freshman Adam Najem claimed All-Ohio Second Team recognition.
Embick, who had previously served as Caleb Porter's top assistant and recruiting coordinator, enjoyed a strong first season at the helm in guiding the Zips to Mid-American Conference regular-season and tournament championships and a berth to the NCAA Tournament. Akron is one of just eight Division I programs to qualify for the 48-team national tournament in each of the past seven seasons, joining only Connecticut, Indiana, Louisville, Maryland, South Florida, UCLA and Virginia in that elite category.
UA finished the regular season ranked No. 7 in the nation, according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, and took a 10-game unbeaten streak into the NCAA Tournament. The Zips added one more victory to that total by knocking off 2012 NCAA Champion Indiana in the first round of play before suffering a 1-0, overtime defeat at No. 9-seed Marquette in the following match.
Embick's recruits flourished under his direction in 2013 as the Zips landed 10 players on the All-MAC team, including the league's Player of the Year in Quinn, and three on the NSCAA All-America list. Quinn, who finished second on the team with seven goals and three game-winners, was a First Team All-American and semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club's prestigous Hermann Trophy.
Moreover, Quinn was one of four UA seniors (joining Brenes, Robbie Derschang and Stevenson) to be invited to the Major League Soccer Combine next month in advance of the MLS SuperDraft on January 16 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Embick was named the NSCAA National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010 for his role in helping the Zips capture the school's first team national championship in any sport.