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Family is driving force behind FUTSOC

10/24/2016, 1:30am CDT
By Loren Nelson

Webmaster of the Week: October 24-30

Name: Armando Tamayo

Site: FUTSOC

Position: Assistant Program Director, Assistant Coach, Webmaster

Use of platform: Registration, Sitebuilder

Background: Tamayo grew up near Fort Lauderdale playing in the Weston, Florida-based FUTSOC program founded by his father, Jose, in 2000. The youngest of three brothers, Armando quit playing soccer when he was 12, about the same time his passion for computers and web design blossomed. He attended Cypress Bay High School in Weston and now is earning his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from nearby Nova Southeastern University. Starting next fall he plans to continue on at Nova Southeastern, working toward a masters degree in business administration and sports revenue generation. Older brothers Francisco (Bambinos Academy Director/Assistant Director of Coaching) and Carlo (Training Director/Assistant Coach /Editor) also help run FUTSOC. Less than four years separate the three boys, who, according to Armando, enjoyed a relatively peaceful co-existence growing up. “We were angels,” Armando said with a laugh. “The worst we ever did probably . . . I don’t even know. Other than that just a lot of arguing.”

What he does: Armando convinced his father to give the go-ahead to switch to the SportsEngine platform last summer. Since then Armando has been busy setting up online registrations, adding content and using custom code to modify the look and navigation of the site. All while trying to keep his father, who has a specific vision of how the club’s website should look and function, happy. “He’s a very hard judge,” Armando said about his father, who serves as executive director. Armando added custom code to make the site wider and customize the home page news scroller. He also used the code element at the bottom of the home page to add a sponsors section. The club, which has 110 members, doubles as an international melting pot, with athletes from all over the world assembling in south Florida. To accommodate the various native languages, Tamayo added a Google translate widget on every page, allowing the site to display in any of 10 languages. Tamayo also created a Development Matrix to show how players are trained and developed at different age groups and skill stages. "We have a very specific style we like to train with," Tamayo said. "We don’t like to grab any random coach. We have a vision that we want throughout the program and with all the coaches."

Making his mark: Tamayo created a Health section on the site, focusing on Hydration, Nutrition and Concussion Protocol. The information is posted, in part, to help educate parents on methods to keep their children healthy and safe.

 
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    Loren Nelson

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    Loren Nelson is the Community Manager at SportsEngine. He is also the National Media Editor and has served in a variety of other customer facing and media roles since 2009.

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