Pete Caringi will be introduced as the new soccer coach at UMBC tomorrow.
Caringi, 35, spent the last 10 seasons at Essex Community College and branched out to the professional game last summer, directing the Maryland Bays to the American Professional Soccer League championship.
Caringi will be a full-time employee of UMBC, working as an instructor in the department of health and physical education in addition to directing the Retrievers' Division I soccer program. He informed Bays owner John Liparini of his decision today and said that he will give up his head coaching job with the Bays.
"I talked to John, and that part of it is very disappointing," Caringi said. "But this is an opportunity I can't pass up. I'm very excited about the potential at UMBC. I'm looking to build the program into one of the best in the nation. That's my goal.
"I'll be looking to zero in on using the talent here in the state of Maryland. Using players from throughout the state, I've had success at all levels."
In one season as the coach of the Maryland Bays, Caringi developed a homegown professional lineup that went 20-6 overall, losing to a Canadian team in the North American championship.
He spent 10 years at Essex, compiling a record of 170-27-8. His teams won five state championships, and represented Region XX in the national junior college tournament five times. The Knights were runners-up in 1984 and '89, and Caringi was named national Coach of the Year both seasons.
Nineteen of the players Caringi coached at Essex earned All-American honors. In recent years, several of his players have gone on to UMBC.
A native of East Baltimore, Caringi was a high-scoring forward at the high school level for Calvert Hall, and helped the University of Baltimore win an NCAA Division II championship in 1975.