Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer, Associate Head Coach Jason Hotaling, and Assistant Coach Chris Leer honored
UC Davis welcomes Cal State Fullerton on Saturday (Nov. 11) at Noon
UC Davis hosts either CSUN or Sacramento State in semifinals on Saturday at 2 p.m.
UC Davis closes regular season at Cal Poly before hosting Sacramento State on 'Senior Day'
UC Davis hosts youth camp and pair of college ID camps this summer
2017 United Soccer Coaches Far West Region Coaching Staff of the Year
Former UC Davis letter winner Chris Leer returns to the sidelines as an assistant coach for his fifth season with the 2018 campaign, working with the Aggies’ offense, assisting in the program’s recruiting efforts, and coordinating all of the program’s operations including travel, official recruit visits, opponent scouting, community outreach, and video exchange. He also serves as the program’s camp director.
Over the last four seasons at his alma mater, Leer has been part of a staff that has seen 26 players earn All-Big West Conference laurels, three earn a spot on the United Soccer Coaches All-Far West Region team, and five more named to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Region squad. In 2017, he helped lead the Aggies to a Big West Conference North Division title as the UC Davis offense ranked No. 15 in the NCAA in goals (40), No. 22 in scoring offense (1.9 goals per game), No. 27 in total points (107), and No. 33 in points per game (5.1).
Leer has helped the Aggies reach the Big West Tournament in each of the last four years, and helped lead the team to a ranking as high as No. 6 in the region in 2017.
Professionally, four former players (Kris Schultz, Matt Wiesenfarth, Ramon Martin Del Campo, and Matt Sheldon) have gone on to professional contracts during his time at UC Davis, and two (Martin Del Campo and Nabi Kibunguchy) have been invited into United States Men’s National Team camps.
Leer returned to his alma mater after spending two seasons as an assistant coach with the women’s soccer program at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn., aiding in the Auggies’ recruiting efforts while helping the NCAA Division III program to a 10-3-5 overall record and a No. 25 national ranking, at one point, in 2013.
The year prior, Leer helped guide Augsburg to a 12-5-3 record, a second-place finish in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and a No. 5 regional ranking. While in Minnesota, three of his players were selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Division II All-North Region Team and seven more were chosen to the MIAC all-conference squads, while Augsburg was also a two-time recipient of the NSCAA’s Team Academic Award and the 2012 squad was named the university’s women’s team of the year.
As a player, Leer was a four-year letter winner for the Aggies from 2006-09, helping UC Davis to a pair of NCAA Division I Tournament berths in 2007 (First Round) and 2008 (Second Round) while earning All-Big West Honorable Mention honors as a senior. He finished his Aggies career with 13 goals and seven assists (33 points), tying for second on the team in goals (5) as a sophomore and finishing second on the team in both goals (4) and points (12) as a senior, starting all 19 matches.
His coaching career also includes positions with the Minnesota State and Region II Olympic Development Program, the Minneapolis United Soccer Club, and the Tonka United Soccer Club, as well as stops as the head boys junior varsity coach at San Ramon Valley High School in his hometown of Danville, Calif., and the Walnut Creek Soccer Club.
Leer currently serves as an assistant boys technical director for San Ramon FC and he holds a United States Soccer Federation “C” License and an NSCAA National Diploma. He graduated from UC Davis in 2011 with degrees in communication and sociology, and earned his master’s degree in sports and exercise science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2013.