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Chris Houser Named Yavapai College’s Head Men’s Soccer Coach 

Chris Houser Named Yavapai College’s Head Men’s Soccer Coach 

The Yavapai College athletics department is excited to announce the hiring of Chris Houser to be the third head men’s soccer coach in Yavapai College history. 

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“Stepping into the role of Head Coach of this nationally recognized college soccer program is an honor,” said Houser. “I look forward to carrying on the traditions of top-level soccer here at YC. As the soccer landscape has changed for top, next-level players, I am excited to bring an exciting new approach to the program that has deep roots in US college soccer. Go Roughriders!”

Houser comes to Yavapai College with an impressive soccer resume that spans all the way from college success to international success and a professional career. 

After graduating from high school in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Houser attended Southern Connecticut State University where he played soccer for four years, was the conference’s Rookie of the Year, competed in the NCAA Final Four three times, earned All-Conference honors three times and helped lead his team to an NCAA Division II National Championship in 1995 while earning MVP honors in the 1995 NCAA Final Four Tournament. 

While competing in college, Houser was also a member of the United States Men’s National Team from 1994-97. While competing for the team, Houser was selected as a captain from 1995-97 and also won a Bronze Medal at the World University Games in 1997. 

After a decorated career with the Owls and the USMNT and graduating from Southern Connecticut State with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Houser began his professional soccer career. 

On February 1, 1998, the Tampa Bay Mutiny selected Houser 19th overall in the 1998 Major League Soccer College Draft, thus kicking off a five-year professional playing career for Houser. 

He was a Rookie of the Year nominee and ranked a top-10 defender in MLS and played for the Mutiny for four seasons, before finishing his career with stints on the Connecticut Wolves and Western Mass Pioneers. In 2007, Houser was inducted into the South Dakota Soccer Hall of Fame. 

After his playing days came to an end, Houser became a successful businessman while staying involved in soccer coaching and consulting. 

From 2001-03, Houser served as an assistant coach at his alma mater and from 2004-10 he served as an MLS Advisor/Youth Coaching Consultant. 

Following his time with MLS as a consultant, Houser founded Soccer Scouts, LLC AZ in 2010 and dedicated himself to helping student-athletes play soccer at the collegiate level. While at Soccer Scouts, LLC AZ, Houser assisted student-athletes and their families in every step of the recruitment process and used his soccer relationships to help match student-athletes with the college of best fit. 

After a decade with Soccer Scouts, LLC AZ, Houser most recently served as a Territory Manager for Microline Surgical in Arizona and New Mexico. 

Chris and his wife Andrea (a Hall of Fame gymnast) currently reside in Scottsdale, Arizona, with their three children who are all in high school. 

“I am excited to have Chris join our team,” Director of Athletics Brad Clifford said. “He brings experience at a variety of levels and an understanding of what we are doing as a department and institution. I am confident that Chris will build a program that the community can be proud of and do an outstanding job for Yavapai College and the storied soccer program.”

Houser’s first season as YC’s head men’s soccer coach will come in the fall of 2022. Stay tuned on GoRoughriders.com and all of Yavapai athletics’ social media channels for the latest news on Yavapai College men’s soccer. 

– D.J. Irwin


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