Mike Babst concluded his sixth year as UChicago Head Men's Soccer Coach in 2018.
During Babst's tenure, the Maroons have broken 11 team records and set or tied 11 individual school records. Seven of UChicago's eight all-time All-Americans have played under his watch. His players have compiled 12 All-American awards, 21 All-Region accolades, three UAA MVPs, 30 All-University Athletic Association honors and four UAA Rookies of the Year. Additionally, Babst is a two-time UAA Coach of the Year and one-time NSCAA Central Region Coach of the Year.
UChicago made a return trip to the NCAA semifinals for the second-straight year in 2018. The Maroons posted an 18-3-1 record while winning the UAA title for the third time in-a-row. Forwards Max Lopez and Matthew Koh were picked as First Team All-Americans - the third such honor for Lopez. Koh was named the UAA MVP as well. Additionally, UChicago secured five All-Region accolades and six All-UAA honors.
The 2017 season was the best in program history as the Maroons reached the NCAA semifinals for the second-time ever. UChicago's 19 victories were a new record, and the offense set new school marks for goals (59), assists (54) and points (172). UAA MVP and First Team All-American forward Max Lopez was eighth in NCAA Division III with 19 goals and was picked as D3soccer.com Forward of the Year. Forward Dayo Adeosun ranked third nationally with a school-record 15 assists. UChicago pulled in four All-Region awards and six All-UAA accolades.
The 2016 Maroons put together a record-setting year, with new season records in wins (17), winning percentage (.900), winning streak (15), shutouts (15), fewest goals allowed (8), lowest goals against average (0.39), points (156) and assists (52). UChicago was ranked No. 1 in the country late in the season and reached the NCAA Round of 16 for the second-time in program history. The Maroons went 17-1-2 and hauled in three NSCAA All-American awards and five NSCAA All-Region accolades. Babst and his assistants were named NSCAA Central Region Coaching Staff of the Year, as well as UAA Coaching Staff of the Year. At the end of the season, UChicago led NCAA Division III in goals against average and shutout percentage.
In 2015, UChicago reached the NCAA postseason for the second-straight year and advanced to the second round.
In 2014, the Maroons won the UAA title with a 5-0-2 record while only surrendering one goal in seven conference games. Babst and his assistants were named UAA Coaching Staff of the Year. UChicago earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Championship field and reached the second round.
Babst came to the Maroons from Northwestern University, where he spent 2012-13 as an assistant coach working primarily with the goalkeepers. The Wildcats earned their second-straight Big Ten regular-season title and made their seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to Northwestern, Babst worked for five seasons as an assistant coach at University of South Carolina. The Gamecocks reached the NCAA postseason in his final two years and three players were selected in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft.
Additionally, Babst possesses assistant coaching experience at Duquesne University as well as Washington & Lee University. He graduated from Boston College with a bachelor's degree in economics and marketing in 1999 after a three-year career as a goalkeeper for the Eagles. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Babst went on to earn a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh (2007).
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