has been hired as the head coach for men's soccer at Concordia University Chicago.
"I am excited about this next challenge in my coaching career, and I'd like to thank (CUC director of athletics) Pete Gnan
and the administration for this opportunity," said Arango. "I have enjoyed these last two years at Concordia, and I am very excited for what lies ahead."
Arango came to Concordia-Chicago in 2015 as an assistant coach for the women's soccer team, with head coach Chris Brown
citing him for his "knowledge of the game, passion and ability to teach the game." His work with the women's team included working with Brown 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 sees one of his coaching strengths as "the ability to connect with players on both an athletics level and a personal one," and looks for a smooth transition from the women's team to the men's. "Especially in an NCAA Division III setting like Concordia, the players are here because they want to be here and they want to play. We trust they will buy into what we're doing, be accountable for the work that they bring to the soccer pitch and, overall, be good stewards of the game."
Prior to coming to Concordia, Arango worked as Director of Coaching for the Wilmette (IL) Wings and for Campton United in St. Charles (IL). While with Campton, he led the boys' program into the Midwest Development League (one of the tops in the country) and helped with the College Showcase 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 Accosiation (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 the Spanish national program in 2012 and the Belgian national program in 2016 to understand how they best teach their athletes.
A Chicagoan who resides in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Arango is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois with a BA in elementary education and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Concordia-Chicago.
John Demergis enters his first season as a graduate assistant coach for the Concordia men's soccer program.
Demergis comes to CUC by way of Denver, CO where he spent the last year working as a technical director for the Boulder County Soccer Club. Prior to that, Demergis worked as a physical education teacher and head boys' soccer coach for Denver South High School. In addition, he has coached for the Colorado Rapids Academy and was a member of the CSA Wolves Development Academy staff.
Originally from Plymouth, MI, Demergis worked with the Michigan Wolves-Hawks and Michigan Olympic Development program before finding new opportunities in Denver. He graduated with a degree in physical education from Eastern Michigan University. Demergis played in Europe prior to his college career, making stops in the Netherlands before returning to the states to play for the San Diego Gauchos'
"We are excited to have Coach Demergis joining the program," said CUC head coach Mike Arango. "He brings a wide band of experience and knowledge that will bring an immediate impact to the team, both on and off the field. He has coached and played in different parts of the country and the world, and I think that only helps a coach understand the many variations in the game and be able to relate that to the players.'
Demergis presently holds USSF "B" and "Y" licenses. He currently resides in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago.