The Future of Baltimore Area College Soccer in Good Hands

March 21, 2008 |

As one who grew up in the Baltimore area playing soccer it is refreshing to find several area men’s college soccer coaches trying to keep the local talent at home.

At UMBC, Towson, Johns Hopkins and Mt. St. Mary’s there are 4 coaches with Baltimore area roots that dig deep. Three of the four are in several different Hall of Fames and the fourth soon will be!! I have personally played with, for or against all 4 and have the highest respect for them all. Any high school soccer player who is trying to decide what college to go to could not do any better playing for the next 4 coaches I want to talk about.

Over the next four days I want to talk about each coach. Today the first coach is the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at UMBC; Pete Caringi.

A local product of Calvert Hall, Pete has been successful at every level. Calvert Hall to University of Baltimore to the Washington Dips. Pete began his coaching career at Essex Community College. In 10 years his teams won 170 games. Twice Pete’s teams lost in the NJCAA National Championships in 1984 and 1989. Twice Pete was named National Junior College Coach of the Year and Region XX Coach of the Year. Pete’s teams have had numerous All-Americans; infact too many to count!!

As if this resume was not enough Pete moved on to UMBC. Coach Caringi has rebuilt the program into a contender with the recruiting of local talent. As is evident with his signing of Andrew Bulls of McDonough and Jason McCarron of Arundel.

In his 17 years at UMBC, Pete has compiled a 181-112-34 record and 4 more Coaches of the year honors. That is an unbelievable 351 games won at the college level.

Coach Caringi has sent several of his players to the pro level over the years. He has been elected into the NJCAA National Soccer Hall of Fame, University of Baltimore Hall of Fame and the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame.

This upcoming season Coach Caringi will have a total of 16 players from the Baltimore/Washington area on his roster.