Utah Valley University head men's soccer coach Greg Maas announced the addition of Jonny Broadhead and Michael Chesler to his coaching staff for the upcoming season — the first in the history of UVU men's soccer.
Broadhead and Chesler round out the initial Utah Valley coaching staff, joining associate head coach Matt Ellinger, who was hired in May of 2013 and has been working alongside Maas over the past formative year of the upstart program. Broadhead and Chesler are Utah natives and are returning to their home states following the conclusion of their collegiate playing careers and other coaching stints.
"I have wanted to hire both coach Broadhead and coach Chesler since last year and the fact that both became available at the same time is truly remarkable," Maas said. "Each bring a valuable skill set, strong work ethic and trusted professionalism that define UVU men's soccer and the values of our athletic program."
An Orem native, Broadhead takes up his post with the Wolverines following a two-year stint as assistant coach at Colorado Mesa. The Mavericks went a combined 20-12-8 during his two seasons in Grand Junction, including a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament Championship last season. Following the 2013 season, Broadhead was named CMU's interim head coach in the wake of the retirement of previous head coach Josh Pittman. He held that position for two months before stepping down in February of this year.
Prior to his time with CMU, Broadhead was a four-year letterwinner as a midfielder with CSU Pueblo from 2001-04. He scored three goals and notched 13 assists in his time with the ThunderWolves. From there, he began his coaching career in 2006 with Inter FC Utah. In 2010, he was named assistant director of coaching and took over as director of coaching the following year. He was also an assistant coach with the Utah Olympic Development Program from 2010-12. Broadhead will serve as assistant coach on UVU's men's soccer staff.
"Coach Broadhead is a demonstrated, knowledgeable and energetic coach who will be an invaluable resource on every level with UVU men's soccer," Maas said.
Chesler arrives at Utah Valley having spent the past two years with Bridgeport FC, as well as a season with Emory and Henry College before that.
Hailing from Highland, Utah, Chesler attended Mountain View High School in Orem and went on to start four seasons at goalkeeper for High Point University in North Carolina from 2008-11. In his time with the Panthers, Chesler was named to the Big South All-Freshman team in 2008 and first team all-conference in 2010. A three-year captain, he set every goalkeeping record at HPU and helped the Panthers to a Big South Championship in 2010. On the professional level, Chesler spent time with Real Salt Lake of the MLS and the Carolina Railhawks of the USL.
"Coach Chesler had a great deal of success as a goalkeeper at the Division I level," Maas said. "He also spent time at the professional level with various clubs, including stints with RSL. He will serve as a volunteer assistant with specific duties as the goalkeeper coach."
Chesler was a member of the High Point Student Athlete Advisory Committee and held the position of vice president during his senior season, helping organize service projects and fundraising opportunities for HPU student-athletes. He is a volunteer assistant for Utah Valley men's soccer for the upcoming season.
UVU men's soccer wrapped up its spring training last week and now begins its preemptive summer before the start of the program's inaugural season in August. The Wolverines open play against UMass at Clyde Field on Aug. 30.
Kellen Hiser is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.