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Mike Babst named Davidson men's soccer coach
Led Chicago to a pair of D-3 semis
Published Friday, January 18, 2019 11:29 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Mike Babst, who led the University of Chicago to five NCAA Division III tournaments in six seasons as coach, has been named Davidson's head coach.

Davidson’s new soccer coach has championship resume.

Mike Babst, who was named Wildcats coach Thursday, led Division III University of Chicago to five NCAA tournaments in his six years, including the national semifinals the last two seasons. His Maroons won four conference championships and went 87-23-12, including 54-6-5 the last three years.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be the next head coach of the Davidson men’s soccer team,” Babst said. “I want to thank everyone involved in the search, especially [athletics director] Chris Clunie, for trusting me to carry out part of his vision for Davidson Athletics.”

Said Clunie: “Coach Babst brings a wealth of experience and a foundation of success to Davidson. He understands an environment with high academic standards that competes to win at the highest level athletically – he exemplifies athletics done right. We are thrilled that he has joined us and we are confident he will lead the men’s soccer program to the next level.” 

Babst excelled at player development with Chicago, coaching seven All-Americans, three University Athletic Association players of the year, four rookies of the year and 30 all-conference picks. As an assistant coach at Northwestern from 2012-13, the Wildcats earned a Big Ten title and advanced to the NCAA Division I tournament for the seventh time. One of his best players, Tyler Miller, is the starting keeper for Los Angeles FC in Major League Soccer. 

Babst has a Carolinas connection with five years as an assistant at South Carolina, where the Gamecocks advanced to postseason play his final two seasons. He also made other coaching stops at Duquesne and Washington & Lee.

“I have been fortunate to work at a number of great institutions, and if I could take my favorite piece of each place it would come together to look exactly like Davidson,” he said. “My family is so excited to be a part of this community and this amazing educational experience. I hope to lead a team that makes everyone associated with Davidson proud, and I can't wait to get that process started.”



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