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Justin Makar has spent three seasons on the sidelines as an assistant coach. Makar primarily works with the Leopards' goalkeepers and is also an integral part of the recruiting and scouting efforts.
Makar mentored 2012 Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player, Nathan McDonald as the Leopards captured the 2012 Patriot League Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. After earned an automatic bid, Lafayette drew perennial power Virginia and fell 1-0 after the Cavaliers scored a late goal, to end Lafayette's championship year at 9-8-4. It also marked the first goal the Leopards surrendered to an opponent in 553:47 of game action, a streak Lafayette carried through the end of the regular season and into the tournament.
Under his instruction in 2011, goalkeeper Graham Heydt '12 ranked second in Division I in save percentage and fifth in goals-against average. Heydt also led all Patriot League net-minders in every statistical category during league play. As a whole, the goalkeeping corps also ranked second in the nation in save percentage and eighth in shutout percentage with 10 clean sheets in 18 matches.
In 2010, Makar saw goalkeeper Andrew Pianko '11 named to the All-Patriot League team after helping Lafayette to an 8-7-3 record. Lafayette's goalkeepers have posted 22 shutouts during Makar's tenure in Easton.
Before coming to College Hill, 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. He is currently the head coach of the North Hunterdon Soccer Club U17 boys' team.
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