Caleb Porter will reportedly be announced as the Portland Timbers' third head coach in their brief MLS history during a Wednesday press conference. The Timbers fired coach John Spencer earlier this year and the job has been filled by General Manager Gavin Wilkinson, who has led them to a 1-5-2 record.
— AM 860 (@KPAM860) August 29, 2012
@kpam860 Portland Timbers to name Caleb Porter, 37, University of Akron, new head coach tomorrow @ 10:45am
Porter is currently the head coach at Akron, but it was unclear if he would finish out this season or join the Timbers after the Zips' season ends in late November or December. Even if Porter remained with Akron until the end of the season, he would still be able to join the Timbers close to the start of their offseason and would likely be well prepared for the SuperDraft just based on the work he's already done in college.
Since joining Akron in 2006, he's turned the Zips into one of the most decorated teams in the nation. He has produced several MLS talents and won the 2010 College Cup. The one glaring hole in his resume is that he's never coached at the professional level and his first job coaching pros, on the United States U-23 team, ended with them failing to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics.