Fred Schlichting, who spent 18 seasons as a coach with the UMKC men’s soccer team, has joined the School of Medicine as Director of Advancement. Schlichting brings an extensive background in event and logistics management, communications and relationship building to his new role.
Schlichting was responsible for coordinating the day-to-day administrative operations of the men’s soccer program while also serving as the team’s recruiting coordinator. He served as head coach Rick Benben’s top assistant from 1997 to 2008, before being promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2009 season. UMKC advanced to postseason play in 15 of Schlichting’s 18 seasons as assistant coach.
A native of St. Louis, Schlichting has also been active in youth soccer and was named the 2005 Kansas Boys Coach of the Year. Prior to joining the UMKC soccer team, Schlichting played at Notre Dame from 1991 to 1993, winning the Freshman Award in 1991. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Schlichting and his wife Maria reside in Leawood, Kansas, with their daughters Sophia and Stella.