The 2012 season marks Chris Ducar's 17th year as the goalkeeper coach and recruiting coordinator for the UNC women's soccer program. Ducar's prowess as a coach was recognized at the conclusion of the 2006 season when he was named the national assistant coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He also won the same assistant coach of the year award for the NSCAA's South Region.
Ducar has helped lead Carolina to NCAA championships in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2009 and to ACC Tournament championships in 13 of the past 16 years.
A member of the Olympic Development Program Staff in Regions I and III, Ducar is a National Clinician for the U.S. Youth Soccer Association and belongs to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Ducar has been a mainstay in coaching U.S. women's national teams in international events. He was the goalkeeper coach for the U21 National Team which won the 1999 Nordic Cup title in Iceland. Former UNC player Siri Mullinix was the championship keeper for the U.S. in that tournament, and she was the starter for the U.S. National Team in the 2000 Olympics when the Americans won the silver medal.
Ducar served as goalkeeper coach for the 1998 U.S. U21 women's national team which competed in the Nordic Cup. The United States won the silver medal in that competition. He also served as goalkeeper coach for the 1997 U.S. U21 national team that won the gold medal in the 1997 Nordic Cup in Denmark.
In addition to his duties as an assistant coach at UNC, Ducar has also served as an assistant coach for the women's team at UNC Greensboro from 1995-98 on a part-time basis before he became a full-time coach at Carolina. In 1995, he was the goalkeeper coach at Greensboro College. In 1990-91, he was an assistant coach at UC-Santa Cruz.
During his time at Carolina, Ducar has tutored three first-team All-America goalkeepers in Siri Mullinix, Jenni Branam and Aly Winget. Mullinix was a three-year starter for UNC, and Branam and Winget were both four-year starting goalkeepers. Winget set the ACC records for solo shutouts in a season with 16 in 2003 and in a career with 35. In 2006, Anna Rodenbough nearly equaled Winget's mark as she posted 15 solo shutouts in helping the Tar Heels win the NCAA championship. He did one of his best coaching jobs of his career in 2009 as senior Ashlyn Harris, a current member of the U.S. National Team, led Carolina to another national title as Carolina posted 19 shutouts and allowed a mere 0.44 goals per game against the nation's toughest schedule. Harris was named first-team All-ACC as well as an Academic All-America.
In the summer of 2000, Ducar served as the head coach for the North Carolina women's state team that won the regional championship and advanced to compete in the Donnelly Cup national tournament over Thanksgiving weekend.
Ducar graduated from the University of Missouri in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He was a Dean's List student at Mizzou and went on to earn a teaching credential from San Jose State University in 1995.
Ducar played on the club soccer team at Missouri from 1986-90. Post-collegiately, he played for Inter A.C. in Fremont, Calif., helping the team claim the 1990 Premier Division title. He was also a member of the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks of the APSL when they won the 1991 national championship. He played for the San Jose Oaks, the 1992 U.S. Open Cup champions.
Former national director for Soccer Plus Goalkeeper Schools in Connecticut, he spent much of his time traveling the United States organizing camps and clinics for Soccer Plus. He has also served as director of Go For Gold Soccer Schools, World Soccer and Santa Cruz Soccer Camps in California and for David Brcicís Goalkeeper Schools in Missouri.
Ducar holds coaching licenses from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (premier license) and the United States Soccer Federation (national "A" license). Ducar is on both the United States Soccer Federation and National Soccer Coaches Association of America National Goalkeeping Staffs.