Frank D’Amelio is in his third year back with the UNLV program as an volunteer assistant after serving an eight-year stint as assistant coach from 1998-2005 under former head coach Barry Barto. D’Amelio brings more than 50 years of experience as both a player and a coach to his role with the Rebels.
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 saeson 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 first-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 15th 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.