UNC Coaching Staff
Carlos Somoano, Head Coach
Head Coach Carlos Somoano is in his 5th year at the helm of the North Carolina men’s soccer program after arguably the most successful season in school history in 2011.
Somoano became just the second first-year head coach in NCAA history to lead his team to a national championship as the Tar Heels posted a 21-2-3 mark en route to the 2011 NCAA title.
For his efforts, Somoano was named the 2011 National Coach of the Year by Soccer America.
The Tar Heels became only the second team in Atlantic Coast Conference history to claim the treble in a single year by winning the ACC regular season title, the ACC Tournament crown and the national championship.
In addition to his national coach of the year honors, the ACC coaches also pegged Somoano the top head man in the ACC for 2011. Somoano joined former Carolina men’s coach and current Carolina women’s coach, Anson Dorrance, as the second coach to be named the ACC Coach of the Year in their first year on the job.
Grant Porter, Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach Grant Porter has completed his 4th years on the Tar Heel staff. Porter, a 2004 graduate of UNC, has been a part of both national titles in school history. Porter helped lead the Tar Heels to their first national championship in 2001 and again as an assistant coach in 2011.
Porter assists in all aspects of the program from handling travel plans to recruiting. Carolina brought in the No. 3 recruiting class for the 2012 season in Porter’s first season on staff.
Porter came to Carolina with eight years of coaching experience under his belt since departing UNC.
Most recently Porter was the Director of Soccer for the Charlotte United Futbol Club in Charlotte, N.C. He has served in several different roles with the club since 2006, while also being the head soccer coach at Charlotte Country Day School since 2009.
Cristian Neagu, Assistant Coach
Cristian Neagu was hired in April 2016 as an assistant men’s soccer coach at the University of North Carolina.
"I would like to thank Coach Somoano and the University of North Carolina for this opportunity,” said Neagu. “I’m excited to join one of the truly great programs in college soccer and look forward to contributing to the programs success for years to come.”
Neagu served as head coach at Division II Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, for the past two seasons in 2014 and ’15. He guided both his squads to post-season play in the Sunshine State Conference Championship, and led the Tritons to their first NSCAA national ranking in program history. Neagu quickly developed his club into a contender for the league title finishing one game out of first place in the 2015 SSC standings.
Prior to his stint at Eckerd, Neagu enjoyed success as head coach at NJCAA-affiliated Louisburg (N.C.) College in 2012 and ’13. Neagu navigated the Hurricanes to consecutive Region X titles, highlighted by a runner-up performance in the 2012 NJCAA national championship game in his first season.