Vlamakis Tabbed as US Youth Soccer National Coach of the Year

Jan. 20, 2014

CHICAGO - UIC men’s soccer assistant coach Minos Vlamakis made history on Friday, Jan. 17, when he became the first coach in US Soccer history to be named the National Coach of the Year at the Adult and Youth levels. The Chicago native followed up his 2007 USASA National Coach of the Year award by being named the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Coach of the Year at the 2014 NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia.

Upon being named the 2013 Illinois Youth Soccer Association Coach of the Year this past October, Vlamakis was selected from a pool of 14 other state coaches from the Midwest to be crowned the 2013 Region II Coach of the Year in November. From there, he was honored along with the other three regional winners at the 2014 US Youth Soccer Awards Gala held at the Philadelphia Marriott, where he was named National Coach of the Year, Illinois' first recipient of that prestigious honor since 1995.

Vlamakis was chosen for the state, regional and national coaching awards due to his success both on and off the field with Raiders FC, compiling a 52-7-7 record over two years. He began working with Raiders FC's U17/18 Premier team in the fall of 2011 and has helped them win a championship in the Illinois State Cup (2013), the Midwest Regional League (2012), the USYS National League (2013) and the USYS Region II Championship (2012). In both seasons, Raiders FC won their group at the USYS National Championships before losing in the National Championship match, the only team to make repeat appearances in the final.

Upon the completion of the 2013 season, Vlamakis was able to help over 20 of his seniors move on to play collegiate soccer at the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and NJCAA levels.