Thomas Chestnutt begins his third season as an assistant coach for the soccer program.
Chestnutt, who spent three seasons as an intern at the University of Florida with current Bulldog head coach Steve Springthorpe, previously served four years as the technical advisor for the Gainesville Select Soccer Club and Legacy Soccer Club.
Chestnutt, a native of New Port Richey, Fla., also served as the head coach of the men's club team while at the University of Florida. His professional playing experience includes: a stint with the Tampa Bay Mutiny of the MLS in 1998, with FSC Lohfelden of Germany in 1996-97 and two seasons with the Tampa Bay Cyclones beginning in 1995. In 2003, Chestnutt was a member of the Tampa Bay Kickers regional championship squad and also played for the state amateur champion Pumas.
Chestnutt served as a staff coach for the Florida Olympic Development Program (ODP). Currently, he is involved with district VII and Cal North ODP. He also serves as a coach for a local club team, the Bullard Magic (U17 girls).
Chestnutt has directed several youth soccer camps and coached a variety of club teams. Chestnutt, who played collegiately at the University of Dayton from 1991-1994, holds an "A" National Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and a Level II Goalkeeping Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
A 1995 graduate of the University of Dayton, Chestnutt received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry. He holds a master's degree in engineering mechanics and is completing his dissertation toward his Ph.D. in environmental engineering.
Chestnutt and his wife, Amanda, reside in Fresno.