Charles “Chugger” enters his third season as Virginia Tech’s women’s soccer head coach, and is coming off back-to-back seasons of NCAA Tournament appearances. Last season Adair led the Hokies to a 13-6-1 record, which is the program’s fifth-straight 10-win season. Tech’s six losses are the fewest in program history and 12 of the 13 wins resulted in shutouts sets the school record.
The Hokies hosted the first ever NCAA First Round Tournament in Blacksburg as they welcomed No. 14 Georgetown to Thompson Field. Although it resulted in a loss, it was Tech’s fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth overall.
In Adair’s first season as the head coach, 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 which was the program’s second highest for season wins. Tech’s 14 wins included 11 shutouts that set the record for most shutouts in a season.
Although Adair is entering his second season as head coach, he is no stranger to the program. Adair served as Associate Head Coach at Tech for five seasons and has been a big part of the program’s success over the past six years. In four of his six seasons so far at Tech, the Hokies made four NCAA Tournament appearances, as well as four ACC Tournament showings. Tech advanced all the way to the finals of the ACC Tournament, a program first, in 2008, and earned a final ranking as the12th-best team in the nation after a record-setting 2009 season.
During his time as the Associate Head Coach, Adair was the recruiting coordinator and head scout for Tech, and assisted with player development and management. Adair also served as the team’s compliance liaison, while also contributing time as the assistant director of Tech’s annual soccer camp.
Adair joined the Hokies after serving two seasons as Associate Head Coach for the UC Santa Barbara women’s soccer team, where he was involved in all aspects of the soccer program, including recruiting, coaching, scouting, player management, community relations and camps.
Since April 2004, Adair has been an assistant coach and scout on the Cal-South Olympic Development staff. In 2003, he was an Assistant Coach with the San Diego Spirit of the Women’s United Soccer Association. Adair was youth soccer coach/Assistant Director of Competitive Older Ages for the Del Mar Sharks competitive soccer program for eight years.
Along with his time at UC Santa Barbara, Adair has significant experience coaching at the collegiate level. He spent one season as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at Pacific University in Portland, Ore. He also was an assistant coach for the University of San Diego’s men’s team from 1998-2000.
Adair has recorded numerous minutes as a player as well as a coach. He competed professionally for 10 years, including 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.
A first round draft pick of the San Diego Sockers and the Wichita Wings, Adair spent three years (1990-1992) at the University of San Diego. At San Diego, he was an All-American, a two-year team captain and a member of the NCAA Finalist Team. He played one year at San Diego State before transferring to USD.
Adair earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from USD in 1993 and his MBA from USD in 1996. He also has a United States Soccer Federation “A” Coaching License. Adair has three children: Alexandra, Jack and Madeline.