Marcelo Valencia, a four-year men's soccer letterwinner at GW from 1991 through `94, was elected to the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Among the most accomplished players in the program's history, he earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference first team honors in each of his four seasons. As a sophomore in 1992, he was named A-10 Player of the Year as well as earning NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region first team honors.
Statistically, Valencia ranks third on the Colonials' all-time career points list with 94, including 27 goals and 40 assists. Twice GW's MVP selection (in 1992 and '94), the outstanding midfielder is tied for seventh in goals and second in assists, and he is the only player in GW soccer history to notch more than 25 goals and assists in a career.
Following graduation in 1995, the native of Valparaiso, Chile, played professional soccer for five seasons for the Washington Warthogs (CISL), Philadelphia Kixx (NPSL), Hershey Wildcats (A-Lg.) and Baltimore Blast (NPSL). In addition, he earned a master's degree in secondary education guidance counseling at George Mason University in 1999 and embarked on an educational career path. Since 1999, he has served as a guidance counselor at Annandale High School. For the past six years, Valencia has been head boys soccer coach at The Potomac School in McLean, Va. Previously, in 1999 -2000, he was head soccer team at Stuart, his prep alma mater in Falls Church, Va.
Valencia is married to the former Anna Handler `93, a former student manager for the Colonials men's basketball team. They are parents of two daughters, Maryanna and Gabriella, and reside in Springfield, Va.