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Andrew Lichaj

Andrew Lichaj

Playing Experience:

Andrew started his youth soccer journey with the Downer Grove Roadrunners, and at the age of 11 was part of the first Roadrunner teams to win the NISL State Championship.  Andrew's Roadrunner team would again win the NISL State Championship the following year.  Proceeding the Downers Grove Roadrunners, Andrew went on to play for the Chicago Magic and at the Chicago Magic, Andrew's team would finish second in state back to back years.  In High School, as a senior, Andrew would Captain the Downers Grove South Mustangs to a State Title as well as go second team all-state.  Andrew played college soccer at Illinois Institute of Technology, receiving All American Honorable Mention in his Junior year.


Coaching Experience:
Andrew has 7 years of Coaching experience, prior to the Roadrunners, Andrew coached in Naperville (Ajax), where he was the youth director of coaching.

Andrew has his USSF National D License.


Why did you choose to play soccer?

When I was first able to walk, my father put a soccer ball in front of me and the rest is history.  My passion for the game comes from my family, as nearly everyone played at some point.  The games we played at family parties were some of the most competitive matches of soccer I have ever played!


Why did you choose to coach soccer?

Since I was younger I always had a passion to give back and help others. That giving mentality first manifested itself when I was young, when I started to design 'inventions' to help people make life easier.  While the 'inventions' weren't great, the passion to help burned bright, and after college, was focused into my passion of soccer.  Coaching is a natural fit, something I enjoy immensely and look forward to each and every day!