Justin Makar joined the U-M men's soccer staff prior to the 2014 in the role of program assistant. He joins the Wolverines after spending four seasons on the sidelines as an assistant coach at Lafayette College, and was the programs No. 1 assistant and recruiting coordinator in 2013. Prior to that, he primarily worked with the Leopards' goalkeepers as well as the recruiting and scouting efforts.
He will be directly responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program, including team travel, video and other duties as assigned.
At Lafayette, his goalkeepers accounted for 27 shutouts in four seasons, winning the 2012 Patriot League Championship and earning a berth to the NCAA Tournament. Makar's squads were ranked in the top-20 in the national defensive rankings in each of the four seasons with the Leopards.
Prior to his time at Lafayette, Makar spent three seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Susquehanna University. His 2008 Susquehanna team won the Landmark Conference title and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
A 2007 graduate of Susquehanna, Makar was a four-year starter for the Crusaders. He earned First Team All-Mid Atlantic Conference honors as team captain in 2006 and took home second-team laurels in 2004 and 2005. Makar was a three-time member of the All-Mid Atlantic Conference Academic Team (2004-06) and ranks among the all-time leaders at Susquehanna with 12 career assists.
Makar holds a National Coaching Diploma from the NSCAA, and resides in nearby Dexter with his wife, Joci.