Eight Illinois natives set to join Flames' program
Minos Vlamakis, one of the area's most well-respected young coaches, is in his sixth season with the UIC men's soccer coaching staff and third as a full-time assistant coach.
Vlamakis has played a huge role with the Flames since 2007, serving on the staff that directed back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 runs and an unprecedented Elite Eight run in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. With myriad duties in the program, Vlamakis played a key part in the team's preparation throughout each season.
Vlamakis brings a wide array of award-winning experience that he has accumulated over a short period of time.
His most recent endeavor includes serving as head coach of RWB Adria, one of the most decorated clubs in the state. Vlamakis maintained that tradition by leading RWB Adria to National Soccer League, Illinois State Cup, and Illinois Open Cup titles in his first year at the helm in 2006, garnering Illinois Soccer Team of the Year accolades. He has also guided the club to finals appearances in the Illinois Amateur Cup (2006, 2007) and the USASA National Open Cup (2007) and led the team to a Midwest Region II Open Cup championship in 2007 that qualified RWB Adria for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Vlamakis has also served as a coach for the Illinois State Select Team since 2004, taking the reigns as head coach in 2006-07. He led the team to four consecutive Midwest Region II Select Team titles and the USASA National Championship at the 2006-07 George F. Donnelly Cup.
The Elmwood Park native cut his teeth in the coaching ranks as assistant coach for the Assyrian Winged Bull club, where he previously played as a goalkeeper until a back injury took him out of action and guided him to a new calling. As both a player and coach Vlamakis helped Winged Bull to a bevy of state, regional and national titles.
From 2005 until 2006 Vlamakis was also an assistant coach for Oakton Community College, where he coached a pair of NSCAA/adidas All-Americans and two regional semi-finalists.
Vlamakis was named the 2006 National Soccer League Coach of the Year, the 2006 Illinois State Soccer Association Coach of the Year, and the 2006-07 Midwest Region II Coach of the Year.
In January 2006 Vlamakis was named to the Executive Board of the Illinois State Soccer Association, becoming the youngest member of the board in the history of the ISSA at age 24. He has also served as an Executive Administrator for the National Soccer League since 2001 and has been a USSF referee since 2000.
A graduate of Loyola, Vlamakis currently resides in Chicago.