Mike Steele




Mike has over 20 years of coaching experience and has been actively involved in youth, high school, and college soccer.  Mike spent several summers and seasons coaching at Buffalo Grove High School with various levels in the program. Additionally, he was a women's soccer assistant coach at Division I Loyola University of Chicago for two seasons, 1998 and 1999.  Throughout Mike's club coaching career, several former players have since joined Elite's staff which has been tremendous for the club.  Mike holds a USSF C License and National Youth License.

Mike also worked as a middle school social worker and has a Master of Social Work degree.  Prior to these experiences, Mike was an active community service leader for Americorps, Soccer in the Streets, and other national organizations.  In addition to his duties at Elite Soccer, Mike serves as the President of Elite Soccer Community Organization (ESCO).  ESCO is dedicated to community building and youth development through soccer in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Prior to joining Elite Soccer in a full-time capacity, Mike worked as a community mental health counselor, school social worker, and sales professional for Positive Coaching Alliance.  Youth sports can play a major role in children’s development.  “I had great coaches and teammates during my youth sports experience and to facilitate that type of experience for others is something I enjoy. It is rewarding to provide kids with a positive and character-building experience that is competitive.  As a coach, we are able to assist in the growth of kids on and off the field.”

Playing Experience:

Mike was the captain of the Buffalo Grove High School soccer state championship team and earned All-Chicago area playing honors. Mike’s youth club soccer teams consistently competed at the state, regional, and national level.


Mike lives in Arlington Heights with his wife Melissa and three sons.  Mike enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with his family.