Hector Tamayo returns to the Saint Michael's men's soccer program for his third season as an assistant coach in 2017, and his second straight fall with the squad after previously coaching in 2011.
A 2016 team that saw six key players miss major stretches utilized 15 players who either were in their first season of college soccer or their initial season holding a critical role on the team. The Purple Knights still finished 5-10-1 overall and 3-9-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference, starting the year with their second Catholic Cup crown in three seasons, before all 10 of their losses came by two goals or fewer. Four consecutive one-goal setbacks to begin October - including the final three against eventual NE10 Championship qualifiers - damaged their postseason hopes.
Between 2012 and 2015, Tamayo spent four seasons as an assistant coach at nearby Norwich University, helping the Cadets compile a 48-25-11 overall mark and a 22-9-6 record in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play. Norwich advanced to at least the GNAC Tournament semifinals each season, including making runs to the title game in 2012 and 2014. The Cadets also participated in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament every season.
During his first season at Saint Michael's, in 2011, the Purple Knights went 5-10-2 but yielded one goal or less 10 times while suffering six of their setbacks by a single goal, including four by 1-0 finals.
Tamayo has coached locally for a number of different teams at a variety of levels, including the Nordic Spirit Soccer Club for the past 10 years, working with players ranging from U10 to U17. He has worked as a staff coach for the Vermont Soccer Association's Olympic Development Program for the past 12 years and was previously a South Burlington High School coach for four seasons. A regionally-certified coach through the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), Tamayo has also assisted at Vermont Soccer School camps for the last eight years.
Originally from Mexico City, Tamayo played at Saint Mary's University in San Antonio, helping the Rattlers go 10-2-3 in 1982 while winning the NAIA District 4 championship, before earning his associate's degree from Champlain College in 1985 and his bachelor's degree from Johnson State College in 2003. Tamayo, who earned his master's degree in educational technology from American College of Education in early 2012, works as a technology integration teacher in the Essex Junction School District.