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Saint Mary’s College adds Jon Lipsitz to coaching staff

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MORAGA, Calif. (Via Saint Mary’s College) — Women’s soccer head coach Travis Clarke announced the hire of his new associate head coach Jon Lipsitz on Wednesday to round out his staff heading into the 2019 fall season.

“We are excited to have Jon join our staff,” said Clarke. “I have known Jon for several years and I consider him one of the best soccer minds in the country. His detail in video analysis, use of heart rate data, running group training sessions and scouting of opponents will really help our student-athletes reach their potential.”

“He has a passion for the game and how it should be played and that comes out in every conversation that I have had with him. I am excited to welcome Jon and his family to the Gael family.”


Lipsitz was the volunteer assistant at Cal for the 2017 and 2018 seasons after spending the previous eight seasons as the head coach at the University of Kentucky.  While at Kentucky, Lipsitz produced an overall record of 86-61-19. He led the Cougars to the NCAA tournament four times, including to the third round of the postseason in 2014.

“I am honored to be named the associate head coach at such a great academic and athletic college like Saint Mary’s,” said Lipsitz. “I am excited to get started with the players and look forward to sharing with and learning from Travis Clarke and Anne Whipple.  Saint Mary’s is a program that has been developing over the past few seasons and, with the current players and incoming recruits, could do some special things in the years to come.”

Prior to Kentucky, the North Carolina native was the head coach at Charlotte where he led the 49ers to two regular season titles and was A-10 Coach of the Year in 2007. Lipsitz coached two All-Americans at both Kentucky and Charlotte.

As an Ohio State assistant coach from 2001-04, Lipsitz helped the Buckeyes reach three NCAA tournaments, including a quarterfinal appearance in 2004.

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