Litton Named Assistant Coach For Milwaukee Men's Soccer
Aug. 5, 2013
"I am excited that Mark is able to work with us on a full-time basis," Kelderman said. "With his professional background as a player and a coach, I feel we have a staff that has great experience. Mark was here on a part-time basis the past couple of seasons, so I think this will be great for him to be there every day and every game - it's an exciting opportunity for our team and our goalkeepers. In addition to that, he is an experienced guy in the game of soccer - I think he is a great addition to the staff in this role."
Litton had served as the volunteer goalkeeper coach for the Panthers the past two seasons, but will now take over a permanent role on the coaching staff.
"I feel that joining Kris' staff on a full-time basis can only help us become more successful than last season, as it relates to how our goalkeepers will perform." Litton said. "I was approached by Kris last year to take on a larger role with our goalkeepers, but unfortunately the timing wasn't right. But this year, the timing is much better, and my goal will be to work full-time with our goalkeepers. The impact will be so much more well-received by the team and the individual keepers."
Litton is also the current keeper coach with the Milwaukee Wave, having helped the team win MISL Championships in 2005, 2011 and 2012. He has also accompanied the U.S. National Futsal team as their keeper coach to the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil and the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Thailand.
Additionally, Litton spent eight combined seasons as the keeper coach for the Parkside men's soccer team.
He is a former goalkeeper with the Milwaukee Wave, having played for the team from 1989 through 1994. He was the starting goalkeeper at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside from 1986-88. Named NAIA All-American as a goalkeeper in 1988, he was inducted into the Parkside Athletic Hall of Fame in October of 2010.
He holds a USSF national "B" coaching license, a USSF National Goalkeeping coaching license, an NSCAA National Goalkeeping Level III coaching Diploma and has previously been certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer and Sports Nutritionist.
Litton has an undergraduate degree in communications from Parkside. Mark, his wife Catherine, and their son Nicolas, born in the spring of 2012, live in Milwaukee.