Tracy Chao is in her third year as an assistant coach on the College of Charleston women's soccer team. Chao came to CofC with a wealth of experience in a wide variety of roles which will tremendously help the Cougars continue to reach new heights.
"I am very excited about this opportunity," said Chao. "This is an amazing time to be a Cougar and part of this amazing family. I look forward to being a part of this tradition and taking this program to the next level where we will contend for not only Southern Conference titles but national championships and beyond."
Most recently, Chao was an assistant women's soccer coach at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., where she operated in a wide range of capacities within the Pac-12 - then Big 12 - program. Chao designed and implemented training programs, maintained scouting databases, identified and recruited prospective student-athletes, prepared scouting reports of opponents and more. During her four years with the program, Chao saw the team qualify for the Big 12 Tournament three times, appear in the NCAA Tournament, knock of two top-10 teams and produce a multitude of all-conference honorees and eventual draft picks.
During to her time at the University of Colorado, Chao served as the head coach of the Colorado Force of the United Soccer Leagues W-League, the longest standing and highest level of women's soccer leagues in North America.
Chao was also the long standing head coach of the Colorado Storm Soccer Association, member of Colorado Youth Soccer, United States Youth Soccer, and Elite Clubs National League (ECNL).
From 2005-08, Chao served as the first assistant coach of the University of Northern Colorado women's soccer coach. She assisted and contributed in all facets of the Division I women's soccer program including coaching, recruiting, scouting, organizing camps, financial planning, coordinating travel, conducting academic meetings and creating summer fitness packets.
Chao also worked at Wake Forest University, her alma mater, as an assistant to the Senior Women's Administrator and Director of Women's Basketball Operations. In these roles, Chao maintained and refined recruiting and telephone logs for each of the coaches as well as the up keeping of ACC and NCAA regulations. She also coordinated travel arrangements and handled finances for the women's basketball team and managed fundraising events such as the Three-Point Attack on Breast Cancer and Jam the Joel Coliseum.
After her stint at Wake Forest, Chao spent time as an intern for men's and women's basketball championships at the Atlantic Coast Conference. She assisted the ACC commissioners for both men's and women's basketball by assuring the conference's bylaws were upheld by each school as well as scheduling of officials and preparing for the conference tournament.
As a player at Wake Forest, Chao was both a defender and goalkeeper who saw the Demon Deacons to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of her four seasons with the squad and a Sweet-16 appearance in her freshman campaign in 1999.
During the 2000 season, Chao was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week and the ACC Player of the Week and was eventually named her team's Most Valuable Player for that year.
Chao's impressive playing career at Wake Forest opened the door for her to play beyond the collegiate level with the Fort Collins Force and the Mile High Edge, both of which are W-League teams out of Colorado. She was a team captain on both squads and saw them to third and fourth place finishes in the Western Conference.
"When we opened the search for a new assistant coach we knew that there would be a lot of interest in the position," said CofC head coach Christian Michner. "With almost 300 applications submitted, we had an amazing pool of coaches to speak with about the job, our program and where we are headed. After speaking with Tracy it became clear that she had everything we were looking for in an assistant coach.
"Her passion for the game and her dynamic personality are evident from the moment you meet her. She has great playing experience at a top program in the ACC as well as coaching experience in the Big 12, PAC 12 and as a W-League head coach. I couldn't be happier to have Tracy join our staff and know that she will play a vital role in our program in every aspect."
Chao holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "C" Coaching License and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) State Diploma and State Goalkeeping Diploma.