University of Akron men's soccer coach Caleb Porter received the highest collegiate coaching honor Friday night.
Porter was named the NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America awards banquet in Philadelphia.
‘‘I'm humbled to receive this award,’’ Porter said in a statement. ‘‘Truly, it is a reflection of the work of our team and success they had this year. The credit should go to my players, assistant coaches and support staff, who all played a part in our program's accomplishments this season.’’
UA had a 23-1-1 overall record in 2009 and finished national runner-up in the NCAA Tournament.
The Zips led all 203 Division I teams in goals per game (2.32) and goals-against-average (0.27), and were the consensus No. 1-ranked team for the final nine weeks of the regular season.
UA had 19 shutouts, which is the second-highest total in NCAA history. Their goals-against-average and .760 shutout percentage are each third all-time.
Porter has a 68-12-8 overall record and a 20-1-1 mark in the Mid-American Conference since being named Zips coach in 2006. He has led the Zips to four consecutive MAC regular season championships, three MAC Tournament titles in a row and appearances in each of the past three NCAA Tournament's.
Porter has also earned the past three MAC Coach of the Year honors.