Mike Stoerkel joined the University of Houston soccer program as an assistant coach with his hiring in July 2012. Stoerkel, which is pronounced Stork-el, joined Houston after spending one season with Ohio University.
In just his second season at Houston, Stoerkel assisted the Cougars to a 2013 year that saw the Houston Soccer play to three draws, one win and three-one-goal losses. The Cougars opened the year with a 1-2-3 record in its first six games that saw hard-fought 0-0 draws on the road at San Diego State and Houston Baptist.
He played a role in coaching senior goalkeeper Cami Koski to American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year honors and First Team All-Conference. Koski was also a two-time Goalkeeper of the Week in the league.
Prior to Ohio, Stoerkel served as the soccer administrator at Pinnacle Sports in Medina, Ohio. In his role, he coordinated scheduling for over 200 teams, organized and directed coaches for over 3,000 players annually, developed curriculum, and implemented training programs for children between the ages of 3-18.
Stoerkel was also the owner, founder and director of the High School Development Program Soccer Club in Akron, Ohio. As a prep, Stoerkel was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) High School All-American and the Ohio High School Division II Player of the Year in 2000. He also played in U16 U.S. National Pool Team.
Stoerkel, who played soccer at Ashland University from 2001-05, received his bachelor's degree in sports communication from Ashland University in 2005 and his master's in coaching education from Ohio University in 2012.
He is a member of the Ohio Youth Soccer Association North Olympic Development Program State coaching staff and has served on the Region 2 ODP coaching staff since 2009.
Stoerkel also holds an NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma and a number of coaching licenses including a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "A."