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Jared Embick, the 2013 State of Ohio Coach of the Year recipient, who had previously served as the Zips' Associate Head Coach and recruiting coordinator, officially became the seventh Head Coach in the history of The University of Akron men's soccer program in December of 2012.

Embick, who was the 2010 National Assistant Coach of the Year, has been a key component of the Zips' dominant run in college soccer – culminating with the school's first team National Championship in any sport in 2010 – since joining the staff in 2007.

The Zips' historic 2010 campaign capped off one of the most impressive two-year runs the college soccer world has ever seen. During that time, the Zips, who lost just once during the regular run of play over 50 matches, posted an overall mark of 45-2-3 while becoming the first school to advance to national championship games in back-to-back seasons since Indiana accomplished the feat in 2003 and 2004.

Leaving little doubt of its strength of schedule, Akron achieved this success while playing the most difficult competition in college soccer with the No. 1-ranked RPI in the final regular-season release in 2009 and the No.1-ranked non-conference RPI in 2010.

Fueled by one of the greatest defensive seasons in college soccer history, the Zips matched an NCAA record by winning 23 consecutive matches on their rampage to the College Cup and national runner-up finish in 2009. UA didn't allow a single goal during the NCAA Tournament that year and finished with 19 shutouts – representing the second-highest total all-time. Furthermore, it's goals-against average (0.27) and shutout percentage (.760) were ranked third all-time.

The Zips then matched another NCAA milestone in 2010 by registering their 11th consecutive shutout in a 4-0 rout at home over No. 2 Tulsa before a sold out crowd and nationally televised audience. The win also represented the 29th game of UA's 48-match home-unbeaten streak, which shattered an NCAA record the following season.

Records continued to fall in 2012 when Akron ran the table against the Mid-American Conference with a 7-0 mark during the regular season before capturing its fifth league tournament title in six seasons. In doing so, UA pushed its conference unbeaten streak to 47 matches (44-0-3) to set another NCAA standard. In fact, one would have to go all the way back to the 2006 season to find the Zips' last loss to a MAC foe.

Due in large part to Embick's recruiting efforts, Akron identified and secured some of the best prospects in the country – and around the world – with top-five recruiting classes in each of the past five seasons. The Zips' classes of 2012 and 2009 were ranked No. 1 in the country, while the classes of 2011 and 2010 each received a No. 2 designation.

More importantly, UA's recruits have flourished in the Zips' system, which features a style of play that is attractive and attack-oriented, yet effective on both sides of the ball. In total, Embick recruited or helped develop 20 players who have gone on to play professionally either in MLS or overseas since 2007.

The success of this formula was no more evident than at the 2011 MLS SuperDraft where seven Zips had their names called, including five with the first eight selections overall, to set a pair of MLS records.

During Embick's time at Akron, the Zips have posted the highest winning percentage in the nation with an overall record of 110-13-16 (.849), including a 35-0-1 (.986) mark in Mid-American Conference play, while securing five conference tournament titles, six trips to the NCAA Tournament and two appearances in an NCAA final.

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