Tom Lichtenberg

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Tom Lichtenberg
Biographical details
Born(1940-07-13)July 13, 1940
Cincinnati, Ohio, US
DiedMay 26, 2013(2013-05-26) (aged 72)
Hudson, Florida, US
Playing career
1959–1961 Louisville
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1962–1971 William Mason HS (OH)
1972–1973 Purcell HS (OH)
1974–1978 Iowa State (OC)
1979–1980 Morehead State
1981–1982 Notre Dame (OC/QB/WR)
1986–1987 Ohio State (QB/WR)
1988 Northern Iowa (assistant)
1989 Maine
1990–1994 Ohio
2000 Bowling Green (OC)
2001-2003 McCord Middle School (Volunteer Head Coach)
2004 Columbus Destroyers (assistant)
2007–2009 Drake (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall26–59–3 (college)
Tournaments0–1 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 Yankee (1989)
Yankee Coach of the Year (1989)

Thomas Lichtenberg (July 13, 1940 – May 26, 2013) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach also at Morehead State University (1979–1980), the University of Maine (1989), and Ohio University (1990–1994), compiling a career college football coaching record of 26–59–3. He was also an assistant coach at Ohio State University and the University of Notre Dame.

He began his teaching and coaching career as the first-ever head football coach at William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio in 1962, building the program from scratch at age 22. In 1965 the Comets joined the new Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC) and he led them to four league titles through the 1970 season. After 10 years at Mason, he moved on to be the head coach at Purcell High School (now Purcell Marian High School) in Cincinnati before joining the college ranks. [1]

Tom was the son of Clem and Dorothy (Miller) Lichtenberg and grew up in the Cincinnati area in Lockland, Ohio where he went to Lockland High School. He was named all-city in football and basketball, was the district champion in the 440-yard run (quarter-mile), and pitched on the baseball team. The Lichtenbergs eventually moved to Mason. Tom's siblings were Kathy, Terry, Ted, and Tim. Tom coached his brothers Tim and Terry, who were both starting quarterbacks for Mason High School. Tim later also served a long tenure as head football coach at Mason. [2]

Prior to accepting a teaching job at Mason, Tom was a three-year football letterwinner (playing fullback) and one-year track letterwinner at the University of Louisville. He earned a bachelor of science degree in health and physical education from Louisville in 1962 and a master of education and secondary administration from Xavier University in 1966. Tom and his wife of 52 years, Sue Ann, had five children and 12 grandchildren. [3] [4]

He died of cancer in 2013, aged 72, he lived in Spring Hill, Florida. [5] [6]

Head coaching record

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffs NCAA#
Morehead State Eagles (Ohio Valley Conference)(1979–1980)
1979 Morehead State5–4–13–2–13rd
1980 Morehead State4–72–5T–6th
Morehead State:9–11–15–7–1
Maine Black Bears (Yankee Conference)(1989)
1989 Maine 9–36–2T–1stL NCAA Division I-AA First Round 8
Ohio Bobcats (Mid-American Conference)(1990–1994)
1990 Ohio 1–9–10–7–19th
1991 Ohio 2–8–11–6–18th
1992 Ohio 1–101–7T–9th
1993 Ohio 4–74–56th
1994 Ohio 0–110–910th
      National championship        Conference title        Conference division title or championship game berth

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