Mike McCaulou - Head Coach - email Coach McCaulou
Currently, Mike is entering his 18th year as a varsity soccer coach and his 7th year with Vernon Hills H.S. Mike has helped lead the Cougars to 4 Regional Championships, 4 Sectional Finals appearances,a Sectional Championship, and one Super Sectional appearance. In his coaching tenure he has captured 12 Regional Championships, a Sectional Championship, and 4 Conference Championships while coaching both boys and girls. Mike has been selected as Section 4 IHSSCA Coach of the Year in his career and has helped more than 65 players reach their goals of continuing their playing career at the collegiate level. Mike holds a USSF “D” license. Mike played Division I soccer at the University of South Alabama where he won a Big South Conference Championship. He was on the Illinois ODP team and Regional pool teams as a youth. Mike Played Club Soccer with Chicago Pegasus, where he was coached by the Ruege family. Mike was an All-State High School selection.
William Barbanera - Assistant Coach - email Coach Barbanera
Will is in his second year coaching the Cougars. He played three years under McCaulou at Grayslake Central. Current high school teacher after graduating from Valparaiso University.
Cory Smith - Assistant Coach - email Coach Smith
Coach Smith joined the Cougars’ soccer program in the Fall of ’13. He played four years of varsity soccer at Wheaton College and has since coached at Wheaton Academy and the Wheaton Club level. He is an English teacher and Instructional Technology Coach at VHHS with an English Lit. degree from Wheaton College and an M.A.T. from National Louis University.
Colin Hutchins - Assistant Coach - e-mail Coach Hutchins
Coach Hutchins is entering his second year coaching with the Cougars’ soccer program. He previously coached volleyball at the middle and high school levels as well as middle school basketball. Coach Hutchins played soccer for 3 years for coach McCaulou at Grayslake Central. He currently teaches 5th grade in Highland Park.