Carlos Carrillo, one of the most decorated student-athletes in Dominican University history and 2013 Dominican University Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee, led a remarkable turnaround for the Dominican University women’s soccer team in his first season as a collegiate head coach, guiding the Stars to a 12-8-0 overall mark, going 7-3-0 in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) and advancing to the semifinals of the 2014 NACC Tournament after the Stars went just 3-12-1 in 2013, the season before Carrillo's arrival. From there, Dominican’s women’s soccer program has flourished, setting a number of program firsts, including winning the program’s first conference tournament championship and making its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer national tournament in 2017.
Under Carrillo, the Stars have averaged better than 13 wins per season, including a 17-1-4 mark in 2017 that saw Dominican post a 0.52 goals against average with 16 shutouts while scoring better than three goals per game offensively. Following the 2017 campaign, a trio of Stars were recognized by the United Soccer Coaches with All-Central Region Honors, the third, fourth and fifth all-region athletes under Carrillo.
Carrillo has a long history at Dominican, starring as a player from 1998-2002 before aiding the men's soccer program as an assistant coach for seven seasons between 2002 and 2009 and again for the 2013 fall season.
As a player, he was honored by the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference (CCAC) as the Newcomer of the Year in 1998 and was a first team all-conference selection four times (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001) and named the Conference Player of the Year twice (1999, 2001). The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) named Carrillo to the Region VII All-Region First Team in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and he was selected for the NSCAA All-American Third Team in 1999 and received honorable mention for the All-American Team in 2000 and 2001.
To date, Carrillo holds numerous records for the men's soccer program including all-time goals scored (110), all-time assists (68), all-time points (288), single-season goals scored (37, 2001), single-season assists (26, 1998) and single-season points (81, 2001).
In addition to his coaching experience with his alma mater, Carrillo coaches with Ajax F.C. Chicago, a club soccer team in the western suburbs. With Ajax, Carrillo helped establish the girls' soccer program, growing the club from two teams in 2005 to ten teams ranging from U9 through U18. As the club's Director of High School Girls, Carrillo has helped develop players that have gone on to play at all levels of college, including NCAA Division I, II and III.
In 2011, an Ajax U17 squad led by Carrillo won the US Youth Soccer President's Cup and went on to represent Region II at nationals were Ajax went all the way to the national championship match where they lost to Utah.
Carrillo currently resides in Plainfield with his wife Tethnie and two daughters.