Franky Pelaez is set to begin his fourth season on the Loyola University Chicago women's soccer coaching staff. A native of Cartagena, Colombia, Pelaez is entering his first year as the team's associate head coach after spending his first three seasons in Rogers Park as an assistant coach.
"The opportunity to hire one of the best coaches and recruiters in your profession doesn't come along every day, so when it did, I jumped on it," Loyola head women's soccer coach Barry Bimbi commented. "Not only are we adding a fantastic coach and motivator to our program, but a great family man and close friend as well."
Pelaez joined the Ramblers after a successful stay at Marquette. During his 19-year stint in Milwaukee, Wis., he helped guide the Golden Eagles to a 282-104-39 record, highlighted by nine regular season conference championships, including five BIG EAST titles, two BIG EAST Tournament Championships and a pair of Conference USA Tournament titles. Marquette racked up 19 consecutive 10-win seasons with 11 seasons of 15 or more wins as it appeared in the NCAA Tournament 12 times during Pelaez's stay at the school. He also directly assisted in the development of 113 all-conference, 63 all-region and 12 All-America selections.
Prior to arriving at Marquette, Pelaez spent four years as the head boys' and girls' soccer coach at A.C. Reynolds High School in Asheville, N.C. During his four seasons at the helm, Pelaez compiled an 88-21-6 overall record, earning Western Carolina Coach of the Year honors for both boys and girls following the 1995 and 1996 seasons. He was also tabbed as the Boys' Coach of the Year in 1993. Under Pelaez's guidance, both sides captured their first conference titles in school history while also qualifying for the state quarterfinals on three separate occasions as well.
Pelaez played collegiate soccer at UNC Asheville, serving as the Bulldogs' captain as a senior. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts from the school in 1992.
Pelaez married the former Melissa Moffatt in July of 2008. The couple has two children, Gabriella and Leela.