Adam Chesser has played soccer since he was 7 years old, and turning 40 in December hasn’t stopped him from staying actively involved in Houston’s adult leagues. From high school to college, through various clubs and different ZIP codes, Chesser plays, coaches and downright lives for his love of soccer.
“I just can’t get enough of it,” he said. “I’m always watching it on TV, and it drives my wife insane sometimes. My kids enjoy it now. They’ve been playing for years and love it almost as much as I do. It’s great for me to be able to pass that along to my kids.” Chesser and his wife, Virginia, have been married for more than 10 years.
Chesser has been playing on and off with the Fort Bend Adult Soccer Association for six or seven years. He coaches a team of about 22 players for the adult league, and he also coaches his daughter Ashley’s team, the U8 girls.
He also plays on the Fort Bend Adult Soccer team, plays in a summer league and a winter league, and even plays indoors.
“I’m playing as much as I possibly can,” Chesser said.
Chesser is inspired by players such as Lionel Messi, Robert van Persie and Fernando Torres.
Last season, Fort Bend Adult Soccer Association had a good record and ended up in the middle of the division. Chesser has been busy recruiting, and he hopes to place in the top four out of 11 teams.
When asked if he has any training secrets, Chesser replied, “The one thing that has really helped me quite a bit is the fact that I do coach my children, and I’ve had to rethink what is important for the game and to do well and play well. It’s basically just to get down on the simplest level.”
Chesser took his own advice last year when he kicked the ball around with his daughter while his son was at practice.
“By the middle of the season, my touch on the ball just went through the roof. It was awesome,” he said. “Then it raises your confidence level. It goes back to the simplest principles of the game itself.
“If you’re confident when you get the ball, you know where you’re going to put it, and you have a better time playing the game you love, it’s just a lot more fun that way. You don’t get as frustrated as easily and want to quit.”
OCCUPATION: He’s worked in the civil engineering and surveying industries since 1998
COMMUNITY CONNECTION: Player and coach for Fort Bend Adult Soccer Association
FAST FACT: His favorite local eatery is Center Court Pizza – he likes the hot wings and cold beer.