Pete Caringi III, a 2013 All-American for the Retrievers, was named assistant men's soccer coach at UMBC. He replaces Dan Louisignau, '12, who left to pursue other career opportunities.
Caringi served as an undergraduate assistant coach under his father, Pete, Jr., for the 2014 campaign while completing his degree requirements in psychology.
Caringi was the 2013 America East Striker of the Year, after also winning the award in 2012. He was also voted the league's Fans' Choice Player of the Year, becoming the first repeat winner in AE history. The Baltimore native scored 27 goals over the last two seasons, was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 2013 America East Championships, and finished his career with 37 goals, fourth on UMBC's all-time list, and 91 points, which ranks fifth all-time.
One of the championship squad's tri-captains, Caringi was a semifinalist for the 2013 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, soccer's version of the Heisman trophy, and became the first player in UMBC school history to earn that distinction. In addition, the psychology major became the first Retriever student-athlete in school history to earn NSCAA First Team All-America honors.
He signed a professional soccer contract with Oklahoma City Energy Football Club and scored his first professional goal on April 7, 2014 versus LA Galaxy II.
Caringi, UMBC's 2013-14 Dr. Charles R. Brown Outstanding Athlete Award winner, was an active participant in the soccer program's various community outreach efforts, which includes working with The Casey Cares Foundation.