Boys Soccer


Boys' Soccer

The LHS soccer program is more than a team; it’s a family. As brothers in Christ, the coaching staff emphasizes that soccer is a game to love, but it is not the sole focus every day. Coaches and team members strive for maximum effort, dedication, devotion, and glory to God both on and off the field. The team ends each practice and game with a team prayer, keeping Christ at the center of the soccer family and the game they love.


Mike Wilhite enters his 5th year as the Head Men and Women’s Soccer Coach at Lutheran High School. Prior to coming to LHS in the fall of 2014, Mike served as the assistant varsity coach at Duchesne High School for the Men and Women’s teams, helping guide the …

Women’s team to win the 2014 Class 1 State Championship. Previously, Mike spent five years as an assistant coach at St. Dominic High School, helping guide the Men’s team to win the 2009 Class 2 State Championship and the Women’s team to win the 2012 and 2013 Class 2 State Championships along with a 2013 #1 National Ranking.

Mike is a graduate of St. Dominic High School, where as a senior he helped lead his team in winning the 2004 Class 2 State Championship. Additionally, he played college soccer at Maryville University, a NCAA Division 2 member. He holds a USSF National ‘D’ License. Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and currently works as a nurse in the Kirkwood School District.

Mike and his family currently reside in Wentzville, MO. His wife Erin is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist at Leaps and Bounds in St. Peters, MO and they have two children, Seamus (5) and Austyn (3).

Coach Lurtz brings a decade of coaching experience to the LHS sidelines, including ages U6-U16 in U.S. Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) competitive youth club soccer.  During this time, Mark has coached hundreds of games in the St. Louis Youth Soccer… 

Association (SLYSA) league and USYSA sanctioned competitive tournaments against various levels of teams, including Championship and Premier level teams. He holds a USSF National ‘D’ Coaching License. 

Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing and currently works as Director of Partnership Development for Capital Link, a Boston-based non-profit organization. Mark, his wife Kelly and their sons, Aidan and Cuinn, reside in Cottleville, MO.

Team Highlights


2020 and 2021 AAA Conference Champions

2020 and 2021 District Champions

2021 All State Athletes:

1st Team-

- Caleb Engelhardt . . . Goalkeeper; Goalkeeper of the Year
- Cuinn Lurtz . . . Defense; Co-Player of the Year
- Sam Magueja . . . Midfielder; Co-Player of the Year
2nd Team-
- Liam McCarty . . . Midfielder
- Ben Versemann . . . Midfielder
Plus, LHS Coach Mark Lurtz -- Coach of the Year
Congratulations gentlemen -- and the entire team; Cougar Boys Soccer 2021 truly made history! Hang a Banner, a State Championship Banner!