Coppinger is in his second season on the Zips' staff after spending the four seasons on the Missouri State coaching staff where he was tasked with the training of the Bears' goalkeepers, while also assisting on the recruiting front.
Coppinger handles the training of goalkeepers, assists with scouting and recruiting at Akron.
Missouri State captured back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference titles in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
Coppinger helped mentor Addison Watson to honorable mention All-MVC accolades as Missouri State posted a conference-record 0.15 goals against average in league play, allowing only one goal. Watson recorded nine individual shutouts this season, including five in conference play.
The Bears broke several school records in 2013, including leading the nation in goals against average (eight goals allowed in 18 games) for the first time in program history. The Bears allowed just one goal in conference play and recorded 10 shutouts (including seven consecutive) on the season. Coppinger, along with head coach Jon Leamy and Michael Seabolt, were recognized as the MVC Coaching Staff of the Year after winning the MVC regular-season title.
Another one of his pupils, Trevor Spangenberg, recently signed with the New England Revolution of the MLS.
Coppinger and the Missouri State coaching staff orchestrated an imposing defensive product in 2012, limiting opponents to 14 goals, tying a single-season school record for fewest goals allowed. Additionally, sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Riggs and the Bears' defense recorded six shutouts, while allowing just three multi-goal games in 17 matches.
In his first season at Missouri State, the Bears posted an overall record of 9-8-2 and went 5-1 in the MVC regular season to clinch a share of the regular-season title.
Coppinger came to Missouri State after spending 2010 as the men's and women's goalkeeper coach at Missouri Baptist University.
As a player, Coppinger was a goalkeeper on the varsity squad at Missouri Baptist for four seasons, including his freshman campaign under Embick.
A native of Ireland, Coppinger earned a B.S. in physical education from Missouri Baptist in May 2011 and has a teaching license. He also holds a Goalkeeper I & II diploma and National "D" Coaching License from NSCAA.
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