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Jared Embick
Head Coach
The University Akron

Jared Embick, the 2010 NSCAA National Assistant Coach of the Year has been part of the Akron staff for the past eight years, prior to being named the program's Head Coach in November 2012. During his time as the Associate Head Coach, Embick's primary responsibilities on the staff included recruiting, scouting, game-day preparation and working with the teams strikers, which have included #1 MLS Draftee Steve Zakuani, Sporting KC's Teal Bunbury, 2011 #2 overall draftee Darlington Nagbe, the 2012 MLS #2 overall draft pick Darren Mattocks, and most recently the #7 overall draft pick Richmond Laryea.

During Embick's time at Akron, the Zips have appeared in back-to-back NCAA Championship games and advanced to the round of 16 in each of the last four post-season tournaments, and advanced to the NCAA Division I College Cup during the Fall of 2015.  
Additionally, UA recruits have garnered nationally acclaim during his stay. Akron secured the top recruiting class in the nation in 2012 and 2009 after earning a No. 5 designation for 2008. 

T.J. Kolba
Assistant Coach
The University of Akron

J. Kolba is in his first season on the Zips' staff after one season as an assistant coach on the men's soccer staff at Wright State. In 2014, he helped mentor Eric Lynch, the Horizon League's Most Valuable Player, and the rest of a Raider' squad that posted their highest-victory total (12) since 2001 and led the conference in scoring with 38 goals.

In addition to his duties at Akron, Kolba maintains a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) A License, and also serves as a United States National Team scout with the USSF's Development Academy.

Ger Coppinger
Goalkeeper Coach
The University of Akron

Ger Coppinger is in his first season on the Zips' staff after spending the past four seasons on the Missouri State coaching staff where he was tasked with the training of the Bears' goalkeepers, while also assisting on the recruiting front.

Coppinger handles the training of goalkeepers, assists with scouting and recruiting at Akron.

Additional Staff Coaches

One of the nations top Camp Coaching staffs are assembled on campus for each camp program offered. Many of the countries' top collegiate, high school and club coaches are on hand to ensure each camper receives a first class experience. Some of the past camps staffs' have included coaches from:
  • Xavier University
  • Ohio State
  • University of Indiana
  • Butler University
  • Cleveland State University
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • Missouri State
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Case Western University
  • University of Alabama Birmingham
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Hiram College
  • Baldwin Wallace College
  • Medialle College
  • McKendree University
  • Notre Dame College
  • John Carroll University
  • Mount Union College
  • Kenyon College
  • Denison University
  • Muskingum University
  • Heidelberg University
  • University of Charleston
  • Wright State University
  • Temple University
  • Wake Forest University
  • University of Richmond


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