Charles Adair

  • Charles "Chugger"
  • Adair

  • Women's Soccer Head Coach

Charles “Chugger” Adair continues to develop the Virginia Tech women’s soccer program not just one of the best in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but also among the best in the nation. Now beginning going into his eight season at Virginia Tech, he has posted a 95-40-15 overall record, which is good for a sterling .683 winning percentage.

Contact Coach Adair
Phone: (540) 231-6660
Cell: (540) 641-0536
Twitter: @VT_WSoccer

Quick Facts
Seasons at VTEighth Season
Overall Record95-40-15 (.683) Games: 150
ACC Record32-30-11 (.514) Games: 73
vs. Non-Conference63-10-4 (.844) Games: 77
vs. Ranked Teams15-32-6 (.340) Games: 53
Record Home49-18-8 (.707) Games: 75
Record Away34-19-5 (.629) Games: 58
Record Neutral12-3-2 (.765) Games: 17
Career Record95-40-15 (.683) Games: 150

Born: Aug. 11, 1971
Hometown: Chula Vista, California
Wife: former Shelbylynn McBride
Children: daughters Alexandra, Madeline and Callie, sons Jack and Austin

High School: Hilltop High School
College: University of San Diego (B.S. in business administration, 1993)
Postgraduate: University of San Diego (MBA, 1996)

Playing Experience
San Diego State (1989)
University of San Diego (1990-1993)

Coaching Experience
1998-00Men's assistant coach, University of San Diego
2002Men's and women's assistant coach, Pacific University
2003Women's assistant coach, San Diego Spirit (Women's United Soccer Association)
2004-06Women's assistant coach, UC Santa Barbara
2006-09Women'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 (19-5-3, 9-3-1 ACC) ACC runners up, NCAA College Cup semifinalist
 2014 (16-6-0, 5-5-0 ACC) NCAA Sweet 16
 2015 (15-4-2, 6-3-1 ACC) NCAA second round
 2016 (11-5-3, 3-4-3 ACC)

Promoted to head coach on Dec. 7, 2010, Adair has continued the upward trajectory of Tech women’s soccer in the ACC, culminating in 2013 when he guided the Hokies to a record-setting season. Tech won a school record 19 games, advanced to the finals of the ACC Tournament and later advanced to the NCAA College Cup. The Hokies’ great season ended with a 3-2 loss to Florida State in a national semifinal game.

Along with the great strides the Hokies have made on the field, the Virginia Tech women’s soccer program is also known for producing outstanding students who are major contributors on campus and in the community. Each year, the Hokies’ boast a high team grade point average and have student-athletes who compete for state, regional and national academic recognition.

In the 2017 season, the Hokies posted their seventh consecutive winning season under coach Adair.

The 2016 season saw Tech once again post a winning record, while continuing to play a tough and challenging schedule

In 2015, Adair led the Hokies to the program’s eighth consecutive NCAA appearance, advancing to the second round. The Hokies finished the season 15-4-2 overall and 6-3-1 in ACC competition.

In the 2014 season, Adair led the Hokies to a 16-6 record and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. During the regular season, the Hokies set a school record for most goals in a season, with 62 and fewest goals allowed in a season, with just 18.

The 2013 season was 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 scored a school-record 56 goals, breaking the mark of 45 set by the 2012 team, and 12 of the wins were shutouts, tying the mark also set by the 2012 team.

In 2013, the Hokies beat 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, in his second season as the head coach, 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 Championship 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 Championships. 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 served as the associate head coach under Cagle for five seasons before being promoted. 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 won 16 games, then a school record, 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 great deal 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 is married to the former Shelbylynn McBride. He has three daughters Alexandra, Madeline and Callie, and two sons named Jack and Austin.