Head Coach Famiglietta who is also known as “Fami” in the local soccer community, is a USL soccer Hall of Famer and is a well-known soccer icon who has dedicated his entire life to the sport.
Famiglietta is originally from Long Island, New York and moved to Rio Rancho, New Mexico with his family when he was in elementary school. He attended Cibola High School where he followed up his education at the University of New Mexico playing soccer.
After playing at UNM, Famiglietta went on to play in the Southwest Indoor Soccer League (SISL) which later became the United Soccer League (USL) and continued to play indoor and outdoor soccer for numerous teams where he played as a player-coach on several of those teams.
His accomplishments in professional soccer are stacked and include being named to the USL All-Star team three times along with being named the USL Defensive Player of The Year twice. Prior to Famiglietta’s last season, he represented the USL touring Russia and since his playing career, he has been inducted into the USL Hall Of Fame as well as the Cibola High School Sports Hall Of Fame.
High School Honors
- Four-year letterman in Soccer
- 1982 All District and All State First Team
- 1983 All District and All State First Team
- 1983 Team’s Most Valuable Player
- 1984 High School All-American
- Full Scholarship to University of New Mexico for Soccer. He played only one season. After one season for UNM, Steve was recruited to play in the Southwest Indoor Soccer League (SISL).
Professional Playing Career
- 1986 Albuquerque Outlaws, USL, Inaugural Year • 1987-1988
- Albuquerque Gunners, USL • 1988 New Mexico Chiles, USL • 1988-1993
- Colorado Comets, USL • 1989
- USL All Star Team, Russian Tour • 1994-1995
- Amarillo Challengers, USL (player/coach) • 2006-2008
- New Mexico Banditos, PASL, (player/coach)
- 2-time USL Defensive Player of the Year 1987,1988
- 3-time USL All Star 3-time USL All Star even touring the former Soviet Union as part of the USL All Star Team
- 1980-1997 Rio Rancho Soccer Club- Staff Coach, Director of Coaching • 1997-2000
- FC West Soccer Club, Director of Coaching • 2000-2003
- Sandia Prep, Assistant Coach • 2000-2002
- Zia Soccer Club, Assistant Director of Coaching • 2002-2017 *various years NMYSA, Olympic Development Program, Coach • 2003-2006
- Albuquerque United FC, Asst. Director of Coaching • 2008-2011
- Albuquerque United FC Head Coach • 2011-2019
- Albuquerque United FC Technical Director • 2006-2008
- New Mexico Clash Soccer, Director of Coaching • 2015-2018
- US Soccer, player scout • 2018-current
- Rio Rapids Soccer Club, Head Coach • 2019
- USA Men’s Indoor National Team, Coaching Staff • 2019
- New Mexico Runners MASL2 , Head Coach • 2018-current
- 2006 Inducted in the USL Hall of Fame in 2006 as a President’s Selection.
- 2007 The city of Rio Rancho recognized Steve after his USL induction with an award
- 2010 Cibola High School Athletic Hall of Fame
- 2019 MLS Colorado Rapids Coaches Symposium Guest Coach