Michael Arango
Concordia University Chicago
Michael Arango
Head Coach
Concordia (IL)
Division 3

Michael Arango became head coach of the CUC men's soccer team prior to the 2017 season. In his second season at the helm, the Cougars recorded a 3-12 overall record, with victories over Moody Bible, Lakeland and Marian University. To cap off the 2018 season, CUC traveled to Evanston, Ill. to take on Northwestern University in its season finale. It was the first time in program history that Concordia-Chicago has competed against a Division I program. During the 2017 season, the Cougars went 3-13 overall, with all three wins coming during conference play. Most notably, under Arango's leadership, CUC defeated crosstown neighbor Dominican University for the first time in school history. With the win, Concordia-Chicago snapped the Stars' 20-game, 16-year win streak over the Cougars.             Arango came to Concordia-Chicago in 2015 as an assistant coach for the women's soccer team. His work with the women's team included working to create daily training plans, leading postseason evaluations for freshmen players and assisting with the team's recruiting efforts. Off the field, Arango also helped the winter's futsal events, which has been a popular campus event in its first few years. Arango comes to Concordia-Chicago from suburban Wilmette where he served as the Director of Coaching for the Wilmette Wings and was responsible for the U8 to U14 teams. Prior to Wilmette, Arango was the Boys Director of Coaching for Campton United SC in St. Charles, IL. While there, he helped create a comprehensive club curriculum, worked with coaches to create a philosophy and program style of play, led the boys' program into the Midwest Developmental League (one of the tops in the country) and helped with the College Showcase event hosted by the club. The boys' programs won multiple state titles, earned multiple regional berths and were two-time Disney College Showcase Finalists. Arango, who holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) A License, has been involved with the Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) Olympic Development Program as both a head and assistant coach since 2004 and is part of the USYSA Region II staff (ODP). He is certified to teach the USSF National D and E courses and is currently on the IYSA Coaching Education staff.    Arango has been part of two different USSF coaching education trips, going behind the scenes to see what the most successful clubs in the world value and how everything comes together.  He worked with both Spanish and Belgian national programs to understand how they best teach their athletes.  (Spain,2012 and Belgium/Amsterdam 2016) Locally, Arango coached at Team Evanston and FC United prior to his time at Campton. He is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois with a BA in elementary education.