CHICAGO – Mike Collevy, a senior center back and center midfielder at Marist High School in Chicago, recently signed a letter of intent to continue both his athletic and academic career at Saint Xavier University as a member of the Cougar men's soccer program. The Chicago native will be a freshman at SXU in the fall of 2013 and compete for playing time in the center back position or as a holding midfielder. Saint Xavier University men's soccer coach Ed Vucinic is thrilled with the addition of Collevy and interested in learning where he will best be utilized on the field, possibly in his debut season.
Collevy is the son of Tony and Kathy Collevy of Chicago. He is currently coached by Sean Maxwell at Marist High School. This past season, Collevy was highly decorated earning All-Sectional honors from the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association (IHSSCA), a spot on the 2012 Chicago Fire/SouthtownStar All-Area Boys Soccer Team and all-conference recognition in the East Suburban Catholic Conference. He also plays for the Inter F.C. club team based out of Oak Forest.
"Just like our previous signee Kamil Szczesniak, Mike is yet another quality player to come to our program from Inter F.C.," said Vucinic. "The players coming out of Inter F.C. have been excellent for us over the years. We are very happy that Mike decided to join our program and extremely curious to see how he'll fit into the mix and how quickly he'll do that. The center back position is a spot we're looking to strengthen and Mike has an opportunity to compete for some significant playing time as a freshman.
"I think he has a great mentality for the position and some quality leadership skills that will serve him well," continued Vucinic. "There is no doubt in my mind he will be a significant part of the program. The question is whether that happens right out of the gate or a year or two down the road."