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    Minos Vlamakis received the award at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala.
     
    Minos Vlamakis received the award at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala.
     
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    Jan. 27, 2014

    CHICAGO – UIC men’s soccer assistant coach Minos Vlamakis was named US Youth Soccer’s Boys Competitive Coach of the Year on Friday, Jan. 17, at the 2014 US Youth Soccer Awards Gala held at the Philadelphia Marriott. Having also won the 2007 USASA National Coach of the Year, Vlamakis became the first coach ever to win national coach of the year awards at the youth and adult levels. He is also the first coach from Illinois to win the US Youth Soccer Boys Competitive Coach of the Year award since 1995.

    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 before being named the US Youth Soccer Boys Competitive National Coach of the Year.

    “Having had the pleasure of working with and watching him coach since the fall of 2007, it is not a surprise the Minos was selected to receive this prestigious award," Flames head soccer coach Sean Phillips said. "I believe he is one of the best young soccer coaches in this country and that our players here at UIC have benefitted greatly from his time with our program.”

    Vlamakis, just wrapping up his eighth season as an assistant coach at UIC, has played an integral part in the successes of UIC Soccer since 2007.  UIC ended its impressive 2013 season with a 16-4-0 mark after winning 16 of its last 18 games. With the winningest regular season in program history and its first perfect conference record, UIC clinched the Horizon League regular season title and locked in the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament for the fifth time in history and first since 2008.