Michael Arango became head coach of the CUC men's soccer team prior to the 2017 season.
The 2019 season turned out to be one for the record books. The team set records in most wins, most conference wins, most away wins and earned its first ever NACC postseason berth. In his three years at the helm, the school has earned back-to-back United Soccer Coaches Team Academic awards and is heading for the third. These are the first in program history.
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 currently works with Chicago Fire Juniors City with the High School players. He was 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. He has also been involved with the Olympic Development Program as part of the Midwest Region staff and IYSA State Staff. He is a certified Grassroots Instructor with US Soccer and teaches the Grassroots and National D Courses.
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 and a graduate from Concordia Chicago with an MBA in Sports Management.
Zorohn Reed joins the CUC men's soccer staff in the summer of 2019 as the graduate assistant coach.
Reed started his soccer career playing for Lane Tech High School from 2009-2012. As a Junior Varsity City champion in 2010 and Varsity City runner up in 2011, he was voted All-Sectional his senior year and earned the Most Valuable Defender award.
After graduating high school, Reed went on to Benedictine University where he played four years of NCAA Division III soccer. He was the Eagles' goalie for 43 matches, and started in 42 of those 43 matches. During his tenure, Reed led the Eagles to a 2013 NACC Conference Championship and was named to the All-NACC Second Team. In 2015, he was selected for the NACC All-Sportsmanship Team.
Since graduating from Benedictine with his BA in Social Science in 2016, Reed has been coaching at Lane Tech High School. He has worked in various roles for both the boys and girls soccer programs. During the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Reed served as the boys head JV coach and then became the varsity assistant coach for the 2018 season. For the girls program, Reed began as the junior varsity assistant coach during the 2017 season. From there, he went on to serve as the assistant varsity coach and goal keeping trainer during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
In addition to working at Lane Tech, Reed also held a coaching position with the non-profit Urban Initiatives, which uses sports and games to help teach children social and emotional skills. He has also coached the 5th-8th grade soccer teams at Peterson Elementary School from 2018-2019 and has extensive club coaching experience, which includes working for Skomor and Power Strikers U15 teams.
Reed's coaching education includes ASEP licensing in Coaching Principals and Sports First aid. He holds a national goal keeping license, level one, as well as a license in USSF F and Grass Roots.