Strehlau became the fourth Saint Xavier University women’s soccer head coach in program history in July 2012. After serving as an assistant coach for the Cougars from 2008-11, his familiarity and experience with the program was second to none. He holds a USSF “D” Coaching License as well as a NSCAA Regional Goalkeeper Diploma. Strehlau also works as a goalkeeper coach for the Olympic Development program for the state of Illinois.
Strehlau has a wealth of soccer coaching experience around the Chicagoland area. Prior to joining the SXU women’s soccer staff, he served two years as varsity girls head coach at Mother McAuley High School in 2012 and 2013 and spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons as head girl’s varsity coach at Queen of Peace High School. He has also been the goalkeeper coach for the Elite Soccer Trainers (Arlington Aces Soccer Club), Chicago Gaels & Red Eleven (a USL W-League team) and Southwest United Soccer Club as well as stints with the Inter FC Soccer Club, Midwest Wings Soccer Club, Victor J. Andrew High School and Moraine Valley Community College. A former First Team All-Regional goalkeeper for Moraine Valley Community College in 1997 and 1998, Strehlau has been playing competitive soccer since 1986.
Originally from Memphis, Tenn., Strehlau now lives in Romeoville, Ill., with his wife, Christina, and daughter, Mackenzie. He received a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) in 2002 along with his K-12 teaching certificate.