Camila Mendes enters her third season as head coach of the Lady Bulldogs in 2013. Prior to assuming the role, she spent three seasons as an assistant coach.
In her second season as head coach of the Lady 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. Sophomore Aline 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, UC posted a 10-8 overall mark, 4-3 in the AAC, and advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 AAC Tournament.
Several Lady 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 Lady Bulldogs as she played on the women's soccer team from 2001-04, helping the Lady 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.