Michigan Thunder FC is proud to announce the appointment of Justin Makar as the new Director of Coaching. His official DOC start date will be April 1, though he has already begun planning for this coming Spring season and the 2019-2020 season. Sean Myint will transition back to his role as Girls DOC and Academy Director and Kyle Breitmeyer will transition back to his role as Boys DOC. We wish to thank both Sean and Kyle for all for their hard work keeping the club moving forward in a positive direction during our transition.
Justin has been a huge asset and well-respected coach at Dexter Soccer Club and Michigan Thunder FC for the past 3 years. We look forward to his leadership as our club moves forward in our goal of developing the best soccer players in our area.
Justin Makar brings more than a decade of soccer coaching experience spanning from youth through NCAA Division I.
Makar has been a staff coach at Michigan Thunder for three years, primarily working with the U10 through U13 age groups.
Makar has been a member of the men’s soccer coaching staff at the University of Michigan since 2014. Since arriving at Michigan, Makar has been part of two NCAA tournament teams that advanced to the NCAA second round. In 2017, Michigan captured the program’s first Big Ten regular-season championship.
Makar came to Michigan after spending four seasons as an assistant coach at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. In 2013 he served as the program’s top assistant and recruiting coordinator. Makar was a member of the 2012 Patriot League championship team that advanced to play in the NCAA Division I Tournament.
Prior to Lafayette, Makar was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Susquehanna University, in Selinsgrove, PA. In 2008 he helped lead Susquehanna to a Landmark Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Makar graduated cum laude from Susquehanna University in 2007 following a four-year career with Susquehanna. He was a four-year starter and team captain his senior year. Makar was recognized as an all-conference player in three of his four seasons, earning First-Team All-Mid Atlantic Conference honors, two Second-Team honors, and a three-time member of the All-Mid Atlantic Conference Academic Team.
Makar holds a B.A. in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and a minor in economics from Susquehanna. His coaching credentials include the NSCAA National License and the United Soccer Coaches Director of Coaching License.
Makar resides in Dexter with his wife, Joci, and their daughter, Julien.
Contact Coach Justin at Director@michiganthunder.com