KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMKC men’s soccer associate head coach Fred Schlichting will be stepping away following 18 seasons with the program after accepting an advancement position with the UMKC School of Medicine. Schlichting has been an integral part of UMKC’s soccer program under Hall of Fame coach Rick Benben, as they have spent their entire tenure with the Roos together.
Under Schlichting’s assistance, UMKC won five conference titles, made three NCAA Tournament appearances and earned the only NCAA Tournament victory in program history.
“It’s been one of the best parts of my life for 18 years to be able to work with Fred,” Benben said. “Not many places do you get to share an office with the same person for that amount of time. Fred’s contributions in every way to our program have been incredible over these years. His mentoring, friendship, dedication and loyalty to all the players he has touched and the dramatic effect he has had on all those lives is the most significant thing he has accomplished in his time with UMKC men’s soccer. I know without question that every one of our soccer alumni feel that Fred is a good friend and has had a positive impact on their lives. It has been a sincere pleasure to watch Fred grow as an individual and in his marriage with Maria and watching them begin their family journey with Sophia and Stella.”
“I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to Fred for 18 years of dedicated service to our men’s soccer program here at UMKC,” Director of Athletics Carla Wilson said. “He has been a loyal friend and valued colleague to everyone that has been fortunate enough to work alongside him. We are excited for his new opportunity and are glad he is staying within the UMKC family. On behalf of everyone at UMKC Athletics, I’d like to wish Fred, his wife, Maria, and their daughters, Sophia and Stella, all the best in their future endeavors.”
Schlichting begins his new position with the university on Monday.
“It’s impossible to express how much UMKC men’s soccer means to me,” Schlichting said. “I’m tremendously grateful for my time as a coach here. I appreciate all the individuals who helped me throughout the years. I wish to thank my wife, Maria, who dedicated herself and always believed in me. Thank you to Rick Benben for all he has done for me. I’m honored to have Rick as a mentor and friend. Thank you to Carla Wilson for her unwavering support of our program. Finally, thank you to all of the players who spent countless hours giving themselves to the game, our athletics department and our community. You are a special group who continues to make me proud. I am privileged to have been your coach.”
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