BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union Director of Athletics Darin S. Wilson announced the naming of Camila Mendes as the interim head coach of the Lady Bulldog program on Tuesday.
"Camila has proven herself the past three years as an assistant, and we are confident she will continue the success the women's soccer program has enjoyed recently and build on it," said Wilson.
Mendes takes over for Jason Lanham, who resigned to pursue other interests. Under Lanham, Union posted a 42-14-2 record in three seasons. The Lady Bulldogs won back-to-back Appalachian Athletic Conference regular-season championships, the 2009 AAC Tournament and a berth to the 2009 NAIA National Championship Opening Round.
"We are very appreciative and proud of the job Jason did for Union and the women's soccer program. We wish him well as he embarks on the next chapter of his life," said Wilson.
The Campinas, Brazil, native is a link to the past Lady Bulldog glory days to the present ones. As a member of the Lady Bulldogs from 2001-04, she scored 33 career goals, had 23 career assists and 89 career points. Mendes was a four-time All-Conference selection, a three-time NAIA All-American Honorable Mention and the 2004 AAC Women's Soccer Player of the Year. In addition, she was named the 2004-05 Union Female Athlete of the Year.
During her playing days, Union advanced to the NAIA National Championship Tournament in 2002 and 2003, making it to the Final Four in 2002.
After graduating from Union in 2005, Mendes continued her playing career as a member of the Blackburn Rovers in England in 2005, on Requios FC in Japan in 2006 and on Real Dimension in Trinidad in 2007, helping Real Dimension capture the national championship.
Mendes coached Naparima U16 Boys team in Trinidad in 2008 before returning to Union in the fall of 2008 as an assistant coach.
The Lady Bulldogs finished the 2010 season 12-6-1 overall and 5-1 in the AAC to win a share of the regular-season championship.