Camila Mendes enters her eighth season as head coach of the Bulldogs in 2018. Prior to assuming the role, she spent three seasons as an assistant coach.
In her first four seasons at the helm of the Bulldogs, Mendes has compiled a 36-33-2 overall record, 17-17-2 conference record and 3-4 record in AAC Tournament play.
Mendes has coached one AAC Player of the Year, one AAC Golden Boot, six AAC First-Team members, eight AAC Second-Team members, three AAC Third-Team members, 21 AAC All-Academic Team honorees, six Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, eight CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Team members and one CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America Second Team member.
Throughout the four seasons, Mendes has had six players named AAC Defensive Player of the Week and five named AAC Offensive Player of the Week.
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 semifinals 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 during the 2012 season. 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.
During the 2011 season, several Bulldogs were honored for their work on and off the pitch at season’s end, six players were named to the 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 10th in program history in assists (23), 12th in points (89) and 14th in in goals scored (33). 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 during the 2004-05 athletic season.
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. She currently resides in Barbourville.