Camila Mendes enters her fourth season as head coach of the Bulldogs in 2014. Prior to assuming the role, she spent three seasons as an assistant coach. Coming into the 2014 season, Mendes' coaching record sits at 28-25-1.
In 2013, the Bulldogs struggled out of the gate, but ended the season strong, besting Bryan in the opening round of the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament, 4-0, eventually finishing with a 7-11 overall mark.
At the end of the year, three Bulldogs earned spots on the All-AAC Teams (Aline Dalmedico, Kayse Cornette, and Morgan Hiles), with both Jessica Frisby and Kayla Langen nabbing spots on the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete Teams.
In her second season as head coach of the Bulldog program in 2012, Union finished with an 11-6-1 overall record, 6-2-1 in the AAC. For the second straight season, the Lady Bulldogs advanced to the semifnals of the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament, bowing out to the eventual tournament champion for the second straight year.
Several of Mendes players earned accolades for performance on and off the pitch at the end of the 2012 season. Dalmedico was named the AAC Offensive Player of the Year, while fellow sophomore Helen Weber won the league's Golden Boot Award. In all, five Lady Bulldogs earned spots on the All-AAC teams.
Several players were honored for their work in the classroom, as well, as five student-athletes earned spots on the All-AAC Academic Team, while four were named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Women's Soccer College Division First Team.
In her first season at the helm of the program in 2011, Union posted a 10-8 overall mark, 4-3 in the AAC, and advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 AAC Tournament.
Several Bulldogs were honored for their work on and off the pitch at seasons end, as six players were named to the 2011 All-AAC Teams, while three were selected as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Also, four players were named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Team, with Nikki Jeck eventually earning a spot on the Academic All-America College Division Team.
Mendes is no stranger to Union College nor to the Bulldogs as she played on the women's soccer team from 2001-04, helping the Bulldogs to back-to-back NAIA National Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003.
The Campinas, Brazil native ranks eighth in program history in goals scored (33), ninth in assists (23) and eighth in points (89). A four-time All-Conference selection, Mendes was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2004. She was also recognized as a NAIA All-American honorable mention in 2002, 2003 and 2004. In addition, Mendes was named the Union College Female Athlete of the Year in 2004-05.
After leaving Union, 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.
In 2008, Mendes coached Naparima U16 Boys team in Trinidad.
Keith Williams II enters his second season as the Union women’s soccer programs assistant coach in 2014.
Williams came to Barbourville from the Maine Maritime Academy, where he served as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s soccer teams last season. In 2012, both teams were vastly improved, with the men’s team winning 10 games for the first time in 10 years, while the women’s team won five matches, a huge improvement from a wineless 2011 campaign.
Williams entered the coaching ranks off a stellar career at the University of Maine Fort Kent, where he played from 2008-11, leading the team to a USCAA National Championship on 2010.
In 2008, Williams scored 29 goals (the third highest mark at the end of the season in the NAIA), on his way to Rookie of Year honors in the Sunrise Conference. In 2010, Williams earned a spot on the NAIA All-American Team as an Honorable Mention pick, and to the USCAA All-American Team. Williams made the Sunrise’s All-Conference team three times (2008, 2009, 2010) throughout his career, as well.
While a student at Maine at Fort Kent, Williams served as the President of the Student Senate, and was a Community Mentor in the school’s resident life department. He also served as the Student Representative on the University’s Presidential Cabinet and Board of Trustees.
Williams earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, Financial Services and Business Management from Maine at Fort Kent in 2012. He resides in Barbourville.