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Lichtenstein Joins Men’s Soccer Staff

by | Jul 6, 2023


DAVIDSON, N.C. – Head men’s soccer coach Mike Babst has announced the addition of Max Lichtenstein to the Davidson Men’s Soccer staff on Thursday. He will work primarily with the goalkeepers.

“Max’s experience as a player and coach make him an exceptional fit for Davidson,” said Babst. “He is ambitious about what he wants to help our team accomplish and is motivated to support our scholar-athletes in everything they pursue. I know he will have an immediate impact on the growth and development of our goalkeepers.”

Lichtenstein joins Davidson from Tufts University where he served as the assistant coach from 2020 through 2022. 

During the 2022 campaign, Tufts went 8-3-7 and made it to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Goalkeeper Eric Lauta ended the season ranked top 25 in Division III in both goals against average and shutouts under Lichtenstein’s direction. 

In 2021 during the team’s first season of game action with Coach Lichtenstein on the sideline, the Jumbos earned a 15-2-4 overall record, won the NESCAC championship and made an NCAA Tournament “Elite 8” appearance. Under his guidance, Lauta was a United Soccer Coaches All-Region selection and was tied for the fourth-most shutouts in DIII with ten. 

As a player, Lichtenstein was a three-year starter at Ithaca College after playing his freshman year at the University of Memphis. Prior to college, he played for the Chicago Fire in the Development Academy where he recorded six shutouts in eight games his final season.

At Ithaca, Lichtenstein served as a two-year captain, was a two-time first team All-Liberty League recipient, and a two-time first team All-East Region recipient, as well as the 2019 Liberty League Player of the Year and a 2018 United Soccer Coaches Second Team All American. He led the Ithaca program to a 27-8-6 record over his final two seasons and helped the Bombers reach as high as #8 in the country in 2019. He graduated from Ithaca in 2020 with a degree in sports media.

“Thank you to Coach Babst and the rest of the Davidson staff for this opportunity,” said Lichtenstein. “I’m extremely excited to work with the players, coaches, and be a part of the Davidson community. I believe that this program is a great fit for me, and I am proud to be representing this great college.”

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