Official: Porter Named Timbers Coach

Official: Porter Named Timbers Coach

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 29, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Season, Caleb Porter

The Portland Timbers today named Caleb Porter as the club’s head coach for the 2013 season. The 37-year old will remain the head coach at Akron through the 2012 NCAA season.

Porter will assume his role with the Timbers and be introduced formally as the club’s second MLS head coach at a news conference in Portland in December.

Porter will lead the Timbers after seven seasons at the University of Akron, where he has become one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history. Porter owns the highest win percentage among active NCAA Division I coaches, with a career mark of 106-17-14 (.825). He recorded the 100th win of his career in 2011, reaching the century mark in fewer games (126) than collegiate Hall of Fame and current MLS coaches Bruce Arena and Sigi Schmid.

To date, Porter has guided Akron to four consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament’s Round of 16, back-to-back College Cup appearances in 2009 and 2010, seven Mid-American Conference (MAC) regular-season championships and four MAC tournament titles.

He also recently served as the head coach of the U.S. U-23 National Team.