Concordia University Chicago

Concordia University Chicago Athletics
7400 Augusta Street River Forest, IL 60305
Division 3 Illinois Midwest
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Chris Brown

Chris Brown is entering his second season as head coach for the women's soccer program. The sixth head coach in the history of the program.


"I am very excited to come to Concordia University Chicago and have this opportunity to coach the women’s soccer program," said Brown. "I would like to thank (director of athletics) Pete Gnan and the committee as well as the players who have put their trust in me to lead this program."


A native of Mesa, Arizona, Brown played collegiately at Chandler (AZ) Gilbert Community College for two seasons before transferring to Division I Northern Illinois University. The center back contributed to an eight-game turnaround in his first season at NIU as the Huskies went 12-6-0 and finished second in the MAC, their highest conference finish since 1990. Brown’s senior year in 2005 saw the Huskies go 11-6-2, a season that included a seven-match unbeaten streak.


Brown remained at Northern Illinois following graduation to begin his collegiate coaching career. In 2007, he served as an assistant coach for the men’s program before moving to the women’s program and coaching the NIU goalkeepers for two seasons. Brown also worked as an assistant coach and director of soccer camps at Oregon State University during the 2010-11 season.


In the summer of 2011, Brown’s return to the Chicagoland area resulted in his taking a position as a goalkeepers’ coach with the women’s soccer program at Dominican University. His time at Dominican gave him a very early preview of his new situation. “I was impressed by the level of play in the conference. There are a number of exciting and competitive teams here, and I look forward to leading the Cougars into this level of competition on a regular basis,” said Brown.


Brown’s experience coaching soccer at the club level is equally extensive. Most recently, he was the Director of Coaching for the girls’ program at Campton United Soccer Club of St. Charles, Illinois that manages over 300 players and 17 teams. Brown was named the 2013 Illinois Youth Soccer Girls’ Competitive Coach of the Year and coached State Champions in both U16 Boys and U16 Girls in the Presidents Cup, which took place from the fall 2013 to the spring of 2014. Prior to that, Brown was a staff coach with Campton United from 2006-08 and a Director of Coaching for Northern Illinois FC in DeKalb from 2008 to 2010.


The Olympic Development Program (ODP) has also benefited from Brown’s coaching in recent years. In 2011, he was part of the ODP Region IV staff in Oregon. Since 2013, he has been a staff coach for Illinois Youth Soccer Olympic Development, coaching both boys and girls.


Brown’s coaching credentials are solid (his certifications include a United States Soccer Federation National “A” License and NSCAA Regional and State Goalkeeping Diplomas), so is his commitment to education as evidenced by a BA in psychology and an MA in sports management from Northern Illinois University in 2007 and 2011 respectively.


“I have been privileged to see several of my club players go on to college, and I think I have a good eye for what makes a good college soccer player, both athletically and academically. It is very important that when our players leave Concordia-Chicago, it will be with a degree in hand along with a great soccer playing experience.”


Brown currently resides in Elgin, Illinois with his wife Caitlin and his son Brodie.

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Michael Arango

Michael Arango is entering his second season as an Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach here at Concordia University Chicago


"It is an honor and privilege to have someone with Michael's credentials as a part of our family here at CUC," said Brown. "His wealth of knowledge, passion and ability to teach the game will not only motivate our players but also help CUC reach new heights as a program."


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.


In March of 2012, Arango was one of 40 coaches in the country to join the USSF for a coaching education trip to Spain. The group visited Barcelona, Real Madrid, Villareal and Athletico Madrid, going behind the scenes to see what the most successful clubs in the world value and how everything comes together.


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. Arango resides in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.

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