Jan. 22, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio-Jon Lipsitz, current director of Ohio Premier Soccer Club (Dublin) and former head coach of the Columbus Ziggx (USWISL) for three years and at Denison University (1990-’92), has accepted an offer to become an assistant coach on Lori Walker’s women’s soccer staff.
Lipsitz, who will begin his appointment Jan. 24, replaces former OSU assistant coach Croft Young. Young left in mid-January to pursue other interests.
Walker has known Lipsitz since 1990, when the two worked together at a soccer camp at the University of North Carolina and she is enthusiastic about the years of experience Lipsitz brings to the program.
“Jon’s energy and drive for excellence will have an immediate impact on our current roster,” Walker said. “His experience and committment to developing talent at the club level brings new depth to our recruiting network in Ohio and across the country.”
Having coached in Ohio for over a decade, Lipsitz is no stranger to the Ohio State program. He also is looking forward to working with Walker and to returning to his alma mater.
“I am extremely excited,” Lipsitz said. “I’ve known Lori and (Assistant Coach) Erin Taylor for quite a while and I have a deep respect for them both. I got my master’s in education at Ohio State–I care about the university. I’m looking forward to combining my passion for soccer with my love for this community.”
In his over 10 years of coaching at various levels (youth, high school, NCAA Div. III, USWISL), Lipsitz has led every team he has coached to the best record in its history. At Denison, he compiled a 43-10-4 overall record in his three years at the helm. Selected 1992 Ohio Coach of the Year, Lipsitz guided the Big Red to its first Top 25 ranking and a trip to the 1992 NCAA quarterfinals. He also produced three All-Americans and seven all-regional players while at Denison.
In 1995, Lipsitz accepted the head coaching job at the Columbus Ziggx, a semi-professional team in the United States Interregional Soccer “W” League which at the time was the highest level of women’s competition in the U.S. Lipsitz had an overall record of 31-14-5 while with the Ziggx and led the team to the national finals in 1997.
In 1996, Lipsitz served as the head coach of the Ohio South Olympic Development Program’s 1981 state team. While with the ODP, Lipsitz had the opportunity to coach several current Buckeyes–Lindsay Eckles (So., Hilliard, Ohio), Brynn Catino (Jr., Westerville, Ohio), Brooke Thomas (Jr., Westerville, Ohio) and Stacia Daum (Fr., Dublin, Ohio).
Since leaving the Ziggx in 1999, Lipsitz has worked primarily as the director of coaching education and player development for the Ohio Premier Soccer Club in Dublin, a position he has held since 1993. His responsibilities for the Ohio Premier club, a nationally-renowned U8-19 girl’s soccer club, include developing and managing coaches and players and organizing team workouts and competitions. The club has produced four Region II finalists and eight indoor national championship teams during Lipsitz’s tenure.
Prior to joining the Ohio State coaching staff, Lipsitz taught Advanced Placement social studies at Olentangy High School in Lewis Center, Ohio.
A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., Lipsitz earned a B.S. in business administration from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1988 and an M.Ed from Ohio State in 1998. Lipsitz and his wife, Kathryn, reside in Dublin with their 4-year-old son, Zachary.