AKRON, Ohio - University of Akron men's soccer head coach Jared Embick has received a three-year contract extension, interim Director of Athletics Nathan J. Mortimer announced on July 17. The extension, which is pending approval by the UA Board of Trustees, will keep Embick at the helm of the storied program through the 2018 season.

"We are excited about what Coach Embick has done with the program in his first two seasons," Mortimer said. "This extension is a reward for that performance, hard work, and success. The belief that we have in him and his staff is to continue to make Akron one of the premier men's soccer programs in the country."

"I have always felt that University of Akron is a great place and one of the premier jobs in the country," Embick commented. "To be afforded the opportunity by President Scarborough and Nathan Mortimer to extend my contract is extremely rewarding. The university, students, and community have always been very supportive of our program, which has been a key to our success. This team has a lot to look forward to with the talent we have. I look forward to seeing everyone at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field this fall as we will compete to win our second national championship."

During Embick's time at Akron, the Zips have posted the highest winning percentage in the nation with an overall record of 140-23-19 (.821), including a 44-2-1 (.947) mark in Mid-American Conference play, while securing seven conference tournament titles, eight trips to the NCAA Tournament, and two appearances in an NCAA final.

The Zips have registered a 30-10-3 (.733) ledger in Embick's first two campaigns as head coach, including earning a pair of NCAA Tournament berths. In each of those two seasons, Akron has captured regular and postseason Mid-American Conference titles.

The Zips will open their 2015 campaign traveling to VCU for a season-opening contest on Aug. 28 in Richmond, Va. Akron will battle Oakland and Bradley in exhibition action on Aug. 18 and Aug. 22, respectively, at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.