May 29, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern assistant coach Mike Babst has been named the new head men’s soccer coach at the University of Chicago. Babst joined Tim Lenahan’s coaching staff in March of 2012 and helped guide the Wildcats to a share of the 2012 Big Ten regular-season title, the team’s second in as many years.
“I would like to thank Vice President for Athletics & Recreation Dr. Jim Phillips, Deputy Directors of Athletics Steve Green and Janna Blais and head men’s soccer coach Tim Lenahan for the opportunity to work at Northwestern,” Babst said. “I feel very fortunate to have been a part of such a great soccer program and institution. I look forward to remaining in the city and being able to watch the program’s continued growth and success.”
“I want to thank Mike for his time here at Northwestern,” Lenahan said. “Even though his time was short, he had a great impact on our program, particularly in both training our goalkeepers and in developing relationships with the players. We all look forward to following his success at the University of Chicago.”
Babst worked with the NU goalkeepers and the Wildcats had one of the best defenses in the Big Ten with 10 shutouts and a 0.82 goals-against average. Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Miller earned First-Team All-Big Ten accolades for the second year and the team only allowed three goals during the Big Ten regular season. Under the direction of Lenahan and Babst, the Wildcats made their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in program history and advanced to the third round for the fourth time.
This is the first head coaching position for Babst as he previously worked as an assistant coach at South Carolina, Duquesne and Washington and Lee University prior to joining the Wildcats in 2012. He becomes the 10th Northwestern assistant coach from Lenahan’s staff, and second from the 2012 squad, to land a head coaching position. The others include former associate head coach Neil Jones, who also stayed in the Chicago area when he was appointed head coach of Loyola University in December of 2012, Rich Nassif (Benedictine University), Andy Fleming (Xavier), Erik Ronning (Colgate), Justin Serpone (Amherst), Tom Carlin (Villanova), Mike Bonelli (Slippery Rock University), Roy Dunshee (Washington College) and Corbin Sutton (Shenandoah University).
In total, Lenahan has helped start the careers of 16 head coaches including Dennis Bohn (Lafayette), Fernando Barboto (Iona) and Jim McGirr (Providence College women's soccer head coach) who are current Division I head coaches. Jeff Haines (Richard Stockton College), Erin Sullivan (Western New England) and Greg Ogden (Rutgers-Camden - retired) round out the list.
A 1999 graduate of Boston College, Babst played goalkeeper from 1996-99. He holds his NSCAA Advanced National License, along with level one and two goalkeeper certifications. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native owns a bachelor's degree in economics and marketing from Boston College (1999) and law degree from the University of Pittsburgh (2007).
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