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Charlotte Athletics | December 19, 2014

Charlotte inks coach Langan to extension

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Chancellor Philip Dubois and director of athletics Judy Rose announced that Charlotte head men’s soccer coach Kevin Langan has agreed to a four-year contract extension that will keep Langan on the 49ers' sidelines through the 2018 season.

“We are thrilled with reaching a contract extension with Coach Langan,” Rose said. “He is absolutely the right guy to continue leading our men’s soccer program. His record speaks volumes in regard to his competitive spirit and he has the utmost respect from his players and colleagues.”

Langan recently completed his third season at the helm of the 49ers after spending the previous three seasons as the associate head coach. Langan, who was named the NSCAA Southeast Regional Coach of the Year, has assembled a 41-14-7 (.718) record over his first three years, the highest winning percentage by a head coach in his first three years in program history.

Langan has helped lead the Niners to three appearances in the NCAA tournament, garnering a national seed the past two seasons. The program earned its second-highest national seed this fall as the tenth overall seed. The Niners also rose to the number one spot in the RPI and as high as three in the NSCAA coaches' poll. In addition, the Niners won the Conference USA regular season crown this fall, a Conference USA tournament title in 2013 and an Atlantic 10 regular season crown in 2012.

Charlotte has had 16 players earn all-conference honors during the past three seasons, including nine named to the first-team, along with five more being named to the All-Freshman teams. The 49ers have been represented in two of the last three seasons with their conference’s most outstanding player as midfielder Donnie Smith claimed the Atlantic 10 award in 2012 and forward Kyle Parker earned Conference USA Co-Offensive most outstanding player honors this fall.

In addition, 13 Niners have received NSCAA All-Region honors, including seven on the first-team. Eight Niners have earned NSCAA Scholar honors, including two Academic All-Americans in 2012 (Donnie Smith and Tyler Gibson) along with one being named a Capital One Academic All-American in 2013 (Gibson).

This fall Parker was named an NSCAA Second-Team All-American, the seventh player in program history to earn that distinction and first since Charles Rodriguez in 2011. Finally, four players have graduated and moved onto the professional ranks in the last three years, including three being drafted into the MLS (Smith, Jennings Rex and Giuseppe Gentile)

Prior to taking over as the head coach in 2012, Langan spent 2009-11 as the associate head coach as the Niners advanced to the 2011 College Cup finals, captured its first Atlantic 10 regular season crown in 2010, and made their first appearance in the NCAA tournament in 12 years in 2009.

“I am very excited to sign a contract extension and would like to thank Chancellor Dubois, Judy Rose and Kim Whitestone for their continued trust in me and the coaching staff,” Langan said. “We promise that we will work with drive, ambition and work ethic to bring continued success to Charlotte with the ultimate goal of getting back to the College Cup.”

The 49ers return the vast majority of its lineup from 2014 next fall as Charlotte looks to continue its successful run under Langan.

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