May 29, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - Former Ohio University football head coach Tom Lichtenberg passed away over the weekend following an extended illness - he was 72 years old. Lichtenberg coached the Bobcats for five years from 1990-94.
"Tom touched the lives of so many former student-athletes both on and off the field during his time at Ohio University," said Ohio Athletics Director Jim Schaus. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tom's family and friends during this difficult time."
Lichtenberg earned his first head coaching job at Morehead State in 1979. Following a two-year run with the Eagles, he went on to serve as an assistant coach at Notre Dame, Ohio State and Northern Iowa before earning his second head coach position at the University of Maine in 1989. During his one season at Maine, Lichtenberg led the Black Bears to a 9-3 record and a first place finish in the Yankee Conference before he was named the head coach at Ohio.
The Lichtenberg visitation will be held on Saturday, June 8, beginning at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph Parish in Sylvania, Ohio. The Mass will begin immediately after the visitation at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the Lichtenberg family has requested that donations be made to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. To donate, visit FCA.org.