Elite Boys Academy Technical Director
Chris Dunford joins Elite Soccer Academy after serving almost 3 years on the Creighton University Women's Soccer staff as both a Volunteer Assistant and most recently a full time Assistant. During his time with the Bluejays Chris helped oversee the transition from the Missouri Valley Conference to the Big East and also a reversal in overall records from 3-13-3 during 2012 to 10-6-2 in Fall 2014.
In addition to working with the Bluejays Chris also coached at Gretna Soccer Club as both the Girls Academy Director and a Head Coach of the Prima Green 03/04 side. Chris is also part of the Nebraska ODP staff and coaches the 2003 Nebraska girls age group, most recently taking them to St Louis in Summer 2017 to compete at the Sub-Regional ODP Showcase. Chris is also now part of the Region 2 staff and was a regional staff coach at the 2015 2003 girls Development Camp held in Rockford, IL, Assistant Coach for the 2003 Regional team at the 2016 Thanksgiving Interregional Showcase and Assistant Coach for the 2004 Regional team at the 2017 Thanksgiving Interregional Showcase.
Before coming to Nebraska, Chris was a soccer coach and Assistant Regional Manager in New Jersey and New York (2008-12) working with UK Elite Soccer Inc & Advanced Total Soccer Coaching. Prior to this he also served as a coach for Brazilian Soccer Schools back in his homeland of England. His connection to Nebraska began as an undergraduate when he spent the 2004-05 academic year studying abroad at University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He also served as an Assistant Coach for the Nebraska Wesleyan Women's team in 2007.
Dunford earned his bachelors in Coach Education and Sports Development at the #1 ranked sports University in England, the University of Bath, in 2006. Chris was a 3 year starter at Bath and also played semi professional in England and was a part of a professional academy during his youth soccer playing days.
Chris is the Technical Director for the Elite Boys Academy and Head Coach of our EBA 01 and 03 Maroon teams as well as being a coach for State ODP and part of the Regional ODP staff.
BA Coach Education & Sports Development
UEFA 'B' License
US Soccer 'D' License
US Soccer 'E' License
NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
NSCAA National Diploma
NSCAA Regional & Advanced Regional Diplomas
NSCAA Level 1 GK Diploma