President and Founder
Coach Emelio founded Valeo FC in 2008. His passion was to create the best soccer training environment for ambitious and passionate players. His mission was to provide equal opportunity and access to elite soccer training, and all of its life-skill benefits, for all committed players regardless of socioeconomic or geographic boundaries.
Coach Emelio brings over 20 years of youth coaching experience including Oakwood (CT), Hammer (MA), and Valeo FC. He played collegiate soccer at Southern Connecticut University including 4 NCAA National Championship runs and 2 wins.
Coach Emelio is a master of engaging and teaching very young players. He utilizes his innate talent, calm demeanor, and focus on fun, to connect with and inspire our youngest athletes to become confident on the ball and love the game.
Coach Emelio is committed to excellence as a player, a person, and a coach. He instills that in every Valeo player. He developed Valeo’s Personal Excellence Program to provide players with not only elite futbol training but also the skills and passion to be a leader and to create a positive social impact. He firmly believes soccer is a metaphor for life, and that the global sport of soccer is a vehicle for opportunity and positive change in the world.