With a focus on “the student” in “the student-athlete,” soccer coach Byron DeLeon mentored some successful teams at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights.
Earlier this month he was promoted to the top of the men’s soccer program, as athletic director Jason Kuffel announced that DeLeon will be the school’s new men’s soccer coach, starting at the start of the year. school 2021-22.
DeLeon was most recently the head coach of the boys’ college junior football team. In 2017, DeLeon led the JV team to the Eastern Suburbs Catholic Conference Championship.
“Byron has not only proven himself to be a talented coach, but his coaching philosophies align well with the values of St. Viator,” said Kuffel. “He understands that these boys are students first and then athletes.”
DeLeon, who was also an assistant coach for the men’s varsity team, has coached men’s soccer for almost 20 years.
“I believe that a student has the privilege of participating in athletic activity as a reward for their academic achievement,” said DeLeon. “I also believe in healthy competition, but don’t adopt a ‘win at all costs’ mentality.
DeLeon has previously coached at St. Patrick’s High School, Notre Dame High School for Girls, Mustangs FC, Lyons SC, Maine East High School and has 16 years of experience as the head coach of the U18 Men’s Team. of the International Tribe Soccer Club.