Charles “Chugger” Adair has been the leading force behind a history-making season for the Virginia Tech women’s soccer program, guiding the team to its first appearance in the NCAA College Cup.
|1998-00||Men's assistant coach, University of San Diego|
|2002||Men's and women's assistant coach, Pacific University|
|2003||Women's assistant coach, San Diego Spirit (Women's United Soccer Association)|
|2004-06||Women's assistant coach, UC Santa Barbara|
|2006-09||Women's associate head coach, Virginia Tech|
|2011-||Head coach, Virginia Tech|
|2011 (14-8-1, 4-5-1 ACC) NCAA Sweet 16|
|2012 (13-6-1, 4-5-1 ACC) NCAA first round|
|2013 (19-4-3, 9-3-1 ACC) ACC runners up, NCAA College Cup|
Promoted to head coach on Dec. 7, 2010, as the replacement for Kelly Cagle, who resigned for family reasons, Adair has continued the upward trajectory of Tech women’s soccer in the ACC, culminating in this, the 2013 season. The Hokies have set a school record with 19 wins this season heading into the College Cup, including four wins in the NCAA Championships. They also advanced to the ACC title game, falling to Florida State 1-0.
The 2013 season has been an exciting one for Tech. The Hokies advanced to the NCAAs for the sixth straight time and seventh time in school history largely because of an exciting offense and stellar defense and goalkeeping. The Hokies have scored a school-record 54 goals, breaking the mark of 45 set by the 2012 team, and 12 of the wins have been shutouts, tying the mark also set by the 2012 team.
In 2013, the Hokies have beaten three ranked teams during the regular season and then blew out then-No. 1 Virginia 4-2 in the ACC Tournament semifinals. They added two more ranked foes to their list of conquests when they downed West Virginia 1-0 and knocked off Santa Clara by advancing on penalty kicks in the NCAA Championships.
In 2012, Adair led the Hokies to a 13-6-1 record, which marked the program’s fifth straight 10-win season at the time. Tech’s six losses were the fewest in program history (again, at the time), and 12 of the 13 wins resulted in shutouts.
The Hokies played host to the first NCAA Tournament game in Blacksburg, as they welcomed No. 14 Georgetown to Thompson Field. Although it resulted in a loss (3-2 in overtime), it marked Tech’s fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth overall.
In Adair’s first season as the head coach (2011), Tech matched its best finish in program history, making it all the way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Adair led the Hokies to a 14-8-1 overall record, marking the second-most wins in a season at the time. Tech’s 14 wins included 11 shutouts.
Adair came to Tech in 2006 and had served as associate head coach at Tech for five seasons under Cagle. In Adair’s first season as an assistant to Cagle, the Hokies suffered a losing season, but have not suffered a losing season since then. In 2008, the Hokies advanced to the finals of the ACC Tournament for the first time, falling to North Carolina 3-0, and in 2009, the Hokies set a school record with 16 wins and earned a final ranking as the 12th-best team in the nation.
Adair came to Tech after holding the associate head coaching position at UC Santa Barbara for two seasons. While at UCSB, his role involved all aspects of the soccer program, including recruiting, coaching, scouting, player management, community relations and camps. Prior to his arrival at UCSB, he worked a six-year stint as Youth Soccer Coach/ Assistant Director of Competitive Older Ages for the Del Mar Sharks.
He served as an assistant for the University of San Diego’s men’s soccer team from 1998-2000. He moved from there and spent a season as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Pacific University in Portland, Ore.
Adair also possesses a lot of playing experience, having played professionally for 10 years, including stints with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer and the U.S. National Futsal Team. He also spent time playing for the San Diego Sockers, Wichita Wings, Portland Timbers, San Diego Flash, Minnesota Thunder, Seattle Sounders, Milwaukee Wave, Carolina Dynamo and A.A. Ghent (Belgium) from 1993-2003.
Adair played soccer at the University of San Diego after transferring from San Diego State in the early 1990s. He earned All-America honors, was a two-year captain and helped USD to the NCAA finals, where the Toreros lost to Virginia. He scored 27 goals and had 23 assists in his three years at USD. He got his bachelor’s degree in business administration from USD in 1993 and he received his MBA from USD in 1996.
Adair and his former wife, Susan, have three children: Alexandra, Jack and Madeline. He is married to the former Shelbylynn McBride, a volleyball assistant coach at Virginia Tech.