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Rafael Amaya Jr. enters his second season as a volunteer assistant coach with the Penn State women’s soccer team in 2017. Prior to joining the Penn State women’s soccer program, Amaya Jr. served as a volunteer assistant coach with the Creighton women's soccer team in 2015.
A graduate of Liberty University in 2013, Amaya Jr. has a decorated history as both a coach and a player. On the pitch Amaya Jr. was a member of the United States U-17 National Team and went on to earn back-to-back national championships as a midfielder at Tyler Junior College (2009 & 2010). He helped the Apaches post a 41-0-1 record during his two seasons and then he went on to play two seasons at Liberty. While at Liberty, Amaya Jr. helped the Flames to a Big South conference title and NCAA tournament appearance.
Amaya Jr. began his coaching career well before he ended his playing days, as he helped coach the Colorado Storm youth club from 2008-15. With the Storm, Amaya Jr. led the team to regional appearances and state titles.
Off the pitch Amaya Jr. started a community service program that involves grassroots programs such as TOPSoccer, gang prevention, baby/toddler soccer; and soccer Santa, an annual hospital visit to spend time with kids and talk about soccer.
He has also served as the Costa Rican Women's National Team Camp Director (2014-15) and assisted with the Colombian Women's National Team (2015).
Amaya Jr. comes from a family rich in soccer tradition. His father, Rafael Amaya, a current professional coach, played professionally for 17 seasons in the MLS, Colombia, China and Japan.
Amaya Jr.'s adopted brother, Roger, plays for Sporting Kansas City (MLS) and was a member of the Honduras National Team that played at the 2010 and 2014 World Cup as well as the 2012 London Olympics. Amaya Jr. has three sisters who have played collegiate soccer at the NCAA Division I level and one is currently a professional boxer.