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Liam Connors
Associate Head Coach

Liam Connors is in seventh year on the UNLV coaching staff after being hired in May of 2010, and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in August of 2013. He has been key to the Rebels rise back to national prominence, and in 2014 received the Glenn ‘Mooch’ Myernick NSCAA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year honor after helping UNLV to the WAC championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

In addition to his duties for the Rebels, Connors serves on the coaching staff for the US Youth Soccer Region IV ODP Staff Region IV ODP Camp, which he first started with in 2009. In addition to having been in the role of both assistant coach for the ‘98 Boys and Head Coach for the U15 Boys in 2013, he currently is serving as Head Coach for the ‘98 Boys in the current cycle. Connors is involved as well with the US Soccer Youth National Team Scouting Network, responsible for identifying players and facilitating US Soccer Training Centers in local markets.

Connors came to Las Vegas after spending two seasons as assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Redlands in California. As an assistant for the Bulldogs, he assisted in all aspects of running the team while also serving as the recruiting coordinator. He also spent a year as an assistant coach for Millikin University in Decatur, Ill.

Other coaching experience for Connors includes two years as a staff coach at the Region IV ODP Camp (2009-10), two years as Director of Coaching and Player Development for the MidState Soccer Club (2007-08) in Decatur, two years as a head coach for the Lake Oswego Soccer Club (2006-07) in Oregon and two years as assistant boys’ soccer coach at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego from 2005-2006.

As a four-year starter for Redlands, Connors helped the Bulldogs reach the NCAA Tournament four straight seasons, while also making an appearance in the NCAA finals in 2001, and the team was NCAA regional finalists all four seasons. The Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 in the nation by NSCAA in 2002 and won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference four times during Connors’ time on the squad. He finished his career ranked in a tie for ninth in points in a season with 31, while his career totals include 23 goals (ninth best in school history) and 58 points (10th). Connors also received All-SCIAC honors his senior year, in which he also served as the team captain, and was inducted into the school’s athletics hall of fame as a member of the 2001 squad.

Connors graduated from Redlands in 2005 with a bachelor of science degree in environmental science and received his master’s degree in higher education from Redlands in July of 2012. He holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “A” license in coaching and also has a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national youth diploma.

Camilo Valencia
Assistant Coach

Camilo Valencia begins his second season as an assistant coach with UNLV. Valencia first joined the staff in July 2016 as the Director of Operations, helping guide the Rebels to the 2016 WAC Tournament Title and a 2016 NCAA second round appearance.

Prior to joining UNLV, he spent two seasons as the assistant coach at Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee. As the lead assistant for the Tigers, he assisted in all aspects of running the team while also serving as the recruiting coordinator.

Valencia began his coaching career as the Technical Director at the Fundación Sport Legends in Cali, Colombia from 2012 to 2015. This program provides Colombian student-athletes an opportunity to continue to play competitive sports while attending a university in the U.S.

Before stepping into coaching, Valencia played professionally in the Colombian first division for Cortulua and Boyacá Chico. Additionally, he played for the U-20 Colombian National Team in 2003. He played for 12 years and is a product of the youth programs of Colombian powerhouse Deportivo Cali.

Valencia is a UNLV soccer alum, having been a student-athlete for the Rebels from 2008 to 2010, spending his final season under the direction of current head coach Rich Ryerson. Prior to UNLV, Valencia was a captain for two seasons at Yavapai College, where he guided the Roughriders to the 2007 National Championship.

A graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Valencia received his bachelor’s of science in Business Marketing degree in 2011 and received his master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania in 2016. He holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “B” License and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National and Advanced National Diplomas.

A native of Washington, D.C., Valencia and his wife, Kalie, currently reside in Las Vegas. They welcomed their first daughter, Alana, in July 2018.

Frank D'Amelio
Assistant Coach

Frank D’Amelio brings more than 50 years of experience as both a player and a coach to his role with the Rebels, and is in his fi fth year back with the UNLV program, and fi rst as assistant coach after four years as an volunteer assistant. He originally served an eight-year stint as assistant coach from 1998-2005 under former head coach Barry Barto.

During his time away from the UNLV program, D’Amelio has had several coaching positions in Las Vegas, including two years as head coach at Las Vegas Premier SC, six years as head coach for NeuSport FC, and has been with Heat FC since 2010. Currently he is the Director of Heat FC competitive boys teams, and is coaching the U-15 and U-16 Heat FC boys NPL teams. He holds a USSF B coaching license.

D’Amelio also was the head coach for two professional teams in the area as well, the Las Vegas Strikers for one year, and one season as Head Coach for the Las Vegas Toros indoor soccer team.

A native of Long Island, N.Y., D’Amelio began playing competitive soccer at the age of 11. He continued to play throughout his youth, starring at Baldwin High School as well as several New York area club and all-star teams.

He began his collegiate career at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., where he played for one season. In 1977, he spent a year away from the collegiate circuit, playing for the USA Under-21 National Team.

The following season, D’Amelio transferred to Evansville University where he was a two-year starter and captain for the Purple Aces. At Evansville, he was twice named the team’s most valuable player, earned two All-Midwest selections and an invitation to play in the 1980 Senior Bowl All-Star game. He was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 1991.

Following his career in the collegiate ranks, D’Amelio was a fi rst-round draft choice of the Philadelphia Fury of the North American Soccer League (NASL). He spent three seasons playing soccer professionally, including stints with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and the New York United. It was also in 1980 that D’Amelio began to coach, serving as an assistant coach at Evansville while completing the coursework for his diploma. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in languages in 1981, he accepted a position as the head soccer coach at Reitz Memorial High School in Evansville and took the team to the state championship finals.

D’Amelio continued to coach and play throughout the `80s. He was a team captain for three different clubs in the Long Island Soccer League while serving as an assistant coach at his high school alma mater. He begins his 16th year coaching kids in the Nevada Youth Soccer League, a duty he performs alongside his tasks at UNLV. A resident of Las Vegas since 1993, D’Amelio and his wife, Kathy Adams Damelio, have a total of nine kids and nine grandchildren between the two of them.