Rob Valentino was promoted to assistant coach with Atlanta United’s First Team prior to the 2019 MLS season after serving as an assistant for ATL UTD 2 in 2018. Valentino joined Atlanta United on Jan. 23, 2018 after previously serving as an assistant coach for Orlando City B since August 2015.
At Atlanta United, Valentino has played a role in player development, working with players such as 2017 MLS SuperDraft selection and current United States Men’s National Team defender Miles Robinson, as well as the progression of multiple players from ATL UTD 2 to the First Team, including Homegrown defenders George Bello and George Campbell.
Before becoming a coach, Valentino played professionally for eight years as a defender. He was drafted No. 13 overall in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft by New England Revolution and later played for Colorado Rapids and FC Tampa Bay before landing at Orlando City in 2011 for the team’s inaugural season. Valentino made 77 appearances over five seasons at center back, scoring nine goals, and won three regular season USL championships and two postseason titles with Orlando City. He was voted 2011 USL Defender of the Year and was named team captain after his first season. He played one season with Arizona United in 2015 before announcing his retirement.
Valentino attended the University of San Francisco where he played and served as team captain for four seasons. He was named the West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and the West Coast Conference Player of the Year as a junior.