The athletic department is excited to announce that Michael Colago has been hired to replace Randy Basinger as varsity boys soccer coach. Mike has been a part of the Potter’s House boys soccer program for the last three seasons as the 7th/8th head coach in 2016 and as the varsity assistant in 2017 and 2018. “I am humbled to fill Coach B’s shoes and am excited about the opportunity to build relationships with the players. Soccer has been a huge part of my life and it’s a huge blessing to continue in the sport as a coach!” – Mike Colago.
Colago has been around the game for years. In college he was a 2nd team All-American selection of the National Junior College Athletic Association at Bethany Lutheran College in Minnesota. He was a star soccer player at Bethany for three seasons and finished his senior year at North Park University in Chicago. Following his college success, Colago began his teaching career at New Harvest Christian School in California as the physical education/homeroom teacher where he led an after school soccer program for youth. After 5 years at New Harvest, Colago and his family moved to West Michigan to be closer to family when he landed his middle school teaching position at Potter’s House.
“I’m so glad Mike was willing to be our next head coach.” Says AD, Kara Haskill, “Mike has been a part of the varsity program the last two years and has helped build our program to where it is today. Keeping Mike on board will ensure the success of the boys soccer program will continue. Mike is also a great mentor and spiritual leader who will bring out the best in our boys. I’m excited to see him lead as the head of the program.” Colago is excited to get started has has high goals for the team, he says “My vision for this upcoming year is to be a team that blends together right from the beginning of the season. I want new and returning players to add new skills to their individual play and team play. I want guys to see how a team that works as one can accomplish things they never thought possible!”
His first move as head coach was filling his old position as assistant by hiring his brother and Potter’s House High School English teacher, Miles Colago as the varsity assistant. Miles also has a strong soccer history as a standout at Calvin College and has coached numerous Potter’s House soccer teams. “I have the utmost confidence in the Colago brothers, the boys soccer program at Potter’s House is in good hands.” says Haskill.