Meet the Athletic Director

Coach Valenzuela brings an abundance of experience to the program. Before taking over at the University of Fort Lauderdale he led the Conquistadors of Florida National University as their Athletic Director and Head Men’s Soccer Coach to 2 back to back NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS in 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.  Having 4 of his proteges go on to play professional in the USL Championship league here in the US.   His team was ranked in the top 10 in the nation 3 out of his 4 year at FNU. All while adding 11 sports and 400 students to its athletic department as their Athletic Director and putting FNU on the map as a great program to contend with.

With over 24 years of experience Coach Valenzuela has been successful at every university he has been a part of, and he brought all that abundance of knowledge, passion and experience now to the UFTL Soaring Eagles nation here in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Before taking over at FNU as the men’s soccer coach and AD, Coach Valenzuela was also the Head Coach at another cross town rival, Florida Memorial University. In 2008 he implemented and began the first ever Men’s soccer program at FMU from the ground up. Four years later, he had 2 double digit win seasons and in 2012 led the team to Conference Champions where they received an automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament making FMU one of the top teams in the Sun Conference and one of the top teams in the nation for the following years to come with a 2014, 30th nationally ranking and as high as 18th in the nation in 2015. Now all this was accomplished while having almost next to no athletic scholarships at all and no soccer facilities of their own to play or practice. But among all the winning and national rankings his biggest accomplishment was in the classroom where in 2015 he had 15 Academic All-Conference men soccer players and in 2014, he had 16 of the men soccer players recognized by the conference while receiving the academic all-conference award for having a 3.5 GPA and above. In 2014, they were also the number one soccer team in the nation with an overall average GPA of 3.75 academically.

Before FMU he also coached at St. Thomas University’s Men’s Soccer where he also led the STU Bobcats to being ranked 19th in the nation.

On top of  all this coach Valenzuela was also the Head Soccer Coach for the Summer PDL/USL2 soccer team “The Floridians FC” from 2015 to 2017. He has also been very active in the community coaching at the youth levels in the Palm Beach area for Florida Youth Soccer Clubs since 1994.

As a player, Mr. Valenzuela has achieved what all young soccer player’s dreams of, playing in college and professional leagues. He went on to be a standout player for NCAA Division 1 Top 20 School, University of South Carolina – Coastal Carolina University. After graduation, Valenzuela moved to his native Argentina after being offered to play professionally for Defensores De Belgrando (Argentine 2nd Division.) and later had a short stint with Club Atletico Independiente (Argentine 1st Division). When he came back to the United States he bounced around in the 90’s and played with different USISL clubs such as Coral Springs Kicks, Boca SABR, Miami Stars, and Ft Lauderdale Strikers.

Valenzuela holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administrations with a Double Major in Finance and Management with a minor in Education and a Webmasters certificate in computer web design. On the professional end he holds a United States Soccer Association National “B” Licence.

He has three beautiful children and resides in beautiful Boca Raton, Florida.

Office Phone: (754)209-2830 Ext 1002 | Email: fvalenzuela@uftl.edu

Welcome to the University of Fort Lauderdale Mr. Valenzuela !