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Colin Chesters

Colin Chesters

Colin Chesters

Colin Chesters is the Executive Director of Houston Express Soccer Club, joining the club on July 1st, 2016.

Playing Career:

  • Derby County in the English Premier League – 1975-1979. Signed as a schoolboy and made his debut when he was 18 years old vs. Aston Villa and was voted man of the match.
  • Played for Crewe Alexandra from 1979-1982
  • Northwich Victoria 1982-1985
  • FA trophy finalist and winners in back to back seasons scoring at Wembley
  • Altrincham 1985-1986
  • Weymouth 1986-1987


Coaching History:

  • USSF A License
  • Director of Coaching for Mission Bay Soccer Club 1988-1990
  • Coached for Nomads Soccer Club 1990-1992
  • Coached for Pegasus Soccer Club 1992-1993
  • Joined Surf as Girls Director of Coaching in 1993 and remained as the Girls DOC until 2011
  • Surf Boys Director of Coaching in 2003-2011
  • Surf Executive Director/VP of Soccer Operations 2011-2016
  • Cal South Coach of the year 2003

Accomplishments at San Diego Surf since joining in 1993:

  • Total of 78 State/National Cup Championships
  • Total of 19 USYS Regional Championships
  • Total of 6 USYS National Championships
  • 2 ECNL National Championships
  • 1 Red Bull league champion 2008/09
  • Surf was voted #2 ECNL club in the nation 2011 and 2014
  • Surf has always been ranked in the top 10 in ECNL since joining the league in 2010
  • Surf was named #1 club in the country in 1999 and #1 girls club in the country in 2004 by Soccer America
  • Surf was given the 2016 IMG title for “Producing the Best Female Players in the Country”

College Placement History:
At Surf, Colin helped place dozens of players into college and recently calculated that, on average, 10 players receive full scholarships at $60,000 per year x 4 years = $2-4 Million a year in full ride scholarships. In addition to full rides, approximately 20 Surf players annually receive 50% scholarships at slightly less prestigious $50,000 schools. Over a 4 year period, that is another $2 Million for a total of $4-6 Million per year for the last 5 years grand total $22 million. Over 23 years which is when Title IX came in that figure would amount to over $100 million. Colin also helped players secure walk on spots.


  • 2016 San Diego Surf Girls DA Founding Member
  • 4 ex Surf boys played in the U17 World Cup in Chile 2014
  • A record 6 Surf girls represented the GU18’s National team in Spain in 2016. In their game against Denmark, 5 of the 6 Surf girls were in the starting 11 for a record breaking 45% of the starting line-up coming from one club.
  • Surf – DA founding member club 2007
  • Surf – ECNL member since 2010
  • Strong relationships with the leaders of ECNL, DA and DOCs across the country.
  • Strong relationships with many of the nation’s top showcase Tournament Directors
  • Surf is one of only 4 SoCal clubs with full DA and ECNL status
  • Red Bull league founding member club 2008/09 (Pre ECNL national league)
  • SCDSL Technical Committee member and Founding Member of the SCDSL which is the largest and strongest league in the Nation with all the Southern California, DA and ECNL clubs participating.
  • Strong relationships with college coaches at all levels and strong relationships with National Team coaches and US Soccer representatives.
  • Placed numerous players in US National team camps and currently have numerous players, in several age groups, on National team rosters.
  • Surf teams are often invited to play scrimmages vs. US National teams when they are in California in camp preparing for international competitions.