Minos Vlamakis, one of the Chicago’s most successful and well-respected young coaches, returns for his ninth season with the UIC Men’s Soccer coaching staff and sixth 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 as well helping the team earn Horizon League Championships in 2013 and 2015. Vlamakis played a key part in the team’s preparation throughout each season, and most recently his role has been centered on recruiting, training and video analysis of UIC and their opponents.

Vlamakis brings a wide array of award-winning experience that he has accomplished since 2004 and is the first coach in US Soccer history to win National Coach of the Year at the Adult (2007) and Youth (2013) levels. In the build-up towards those national accolades, Vlamakis was also named Illinois and Midwest Coach of the Year in 2007 (Adult) and 2013 (Youth).