Justin "Shorty" Mikkola
“Shorty” played soccer in Gillette, Wyoming until he moved to Missoula in 5th
grade. He played for FC Missoula through middle school, and then transferred to Strikers when he got to high school. An All-Stater at Sentinel High School in both soccer and wrestling, Shorty continued his player career at Whitworth University in Spokane, playing four years for the Pirates, including two National Tournament appearances.
Shorty has both youth soccer and high school coaching experience, but he is thrilled to have the chance to coach in his former club. Although he admits to considering a future in coaching, the real reason he is so excited to coach the Strikers U16s is more immediate: “I’m really excited about the talent and attitude of the guys who came out for tryouts. I’m looking forward to working and growing with this group of young adults.”