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JONATHAN LIPSTIZ

CAL BERKELEY

Lipsitz brings 15 years of head coaching experience to the Golden Bears’ staff, having led the programs at Denison University, UNC Charlotte, and the University of Kentucky.
Lipsitz holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” license and also brings has extensive experience at the club and ODP levels, serving as a Regional Staff Coach for Region II and III Olympic Development Program, as well as the 1991 North Carolina ODP Head Coach.

Prior to his arrival in Berkeley, Lipsitz spent eight seasons as head coach at Kentucky, leading the Wildcats to an overall record of 86-61-19, including four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. Under Lipsitz, Kentucky earned its first ever NCAA Tournament win in 2012 and quickly built on that success, making an appearance in the Sweet 16 in 2014. During Lipsitz’s tenure, the Wildcats produced two All-Americans and 11 All-SEC selections.

Lipsitz served four seasons (2005-08) as head coach at UNC Charlotte before heading to Lexington, posting an overall winning percentage of .706 (58-23-4). The 49ers won three Atlantic-10 regular season titles, two Atlantic-10 tournament titles, and made two trips to the NCAA Tournament during Lipsitz’s tenure, while also producing two All-Americans and seven Academic All-Americans. Lispitz was named the Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year in 2007 after leading Charlotte an overall record of 16-5-1, including a 9-1-1 mark in league play.

Before his arrival in Charlotte, Lipsitz spent four seasons (2001-04) as an assistant coach at Ohio State, serving as the chief recruiter for a program that won 52 games, two Big Ten Tournament titles, and made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Lipsitz helped the Buckeyes to a program-record 19 wins during the 2004 season and produced nationally-ranked recruiting classes, highlighted by freshmen receiving All-American accolades during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Lipsitz began his collegiate coaching career in 1990 at Denison University, amassing 43 wins in his three seasons with the Big Red and leading the Division III power to an Elite Eight appearance in 1992. Lipstiz then served as the Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Ohio Premier Girls’ Soccer Club from 1993-2005 and spent four seasons (1998-01) as head coach of the W-League’s Colmbus Ziggx.

A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., Lipsitz graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1993 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. He earned a Master's of Education from Ohio State University in 1998.

Lipsitz and his wife, Kathryn, have two sons, Zachary and Max.