Hector Tamayo returns to the Saint Michael's men's soccer program for his fifth season as an assistant coach in 2019, and his fourth straight fall with the squad after previously coaching in 2011.
Thirteen student-athletes competing in their first season of college soccer bolstered a young roster in 2018, when the Purple Knights started 3-4-1, including a 1-0 win over regionally-ranked The College of Saint Rose. Back-to-back 1-0 losses against Bentley University - the defending Northeast-10 Conference Championship titlist - and Southern Connecticut State University - a 2017 NCAA Tournament qualifier - followed, as six losses by two goals or less came down the stretch.
In 2017, the Purple Knights played 11 games decided by one goal or less, including extending their overtime record to 6-1-3 since 2015. Saint Michael's tied Saint Anselm College, 1-1, for the Community Cup while earning a 5-0 win against Bentley University, the eventual Northeast-10 Conference Championship runner-up. The Purple and Gold capped their season with a 2-1, double-overtime victory against regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University.
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 started 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 11 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 13 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 nine 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 Northern Vermont University-Johnson 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.