GEOFF WHEELER | Head Coach
Geoff Wheeler joined the Wesleyan staff in 1999 and moves into his 18th season at the helm in 2016. The Cardinals are coming off a NESCAC Championship final appearance, in which they entered the tournament as the eighth-seed and defeated top-seeded and eventual national champions Amherst College, and advanced past second-seeded Middlebury in PKs before falling to Bowdoin in the championship game, 1-0. His teams have developed into a conference, regional and national power, including the 2009 season as they finished undefeated in regular-season play (10-0-4) and reached the NCAA tournament for the third time in a five-year period. In 2011, the Cardinals nearly equaled that effort, going 10-0-3 over the first 13 contests before finishing 11-3-3 with a fourth-ever NCAA playoff spot. The 2012 season marked a fifth NCAA tournament qualification in an eight-season span behind a 9-4-4 overall record. His teams made two consecutive appearances in the NESCAC tournament semifinals in 2003 and 2004, then won the NESCAC title in 2005, leading to two straight NCAA tournament bids in 2005 and 2006. His 2007 team set school marks for consecutive victories (10) and consecutive shutouts (5), while the 2009 squad established the school record for longest unbeaten streak (15 games) and most shutouts in a season (12). The 2010 Cardinals returned to the NESCAC semifinals after upsetting Williams in the first round, while the 2012 and 2013 squads also reached the semis.
Before arriving in Middletown, Wheeler, who holds the rank of adjunct professor of physical education, spent two years as a Stanford University assistant coach in 1997 and 1998. He also had coaching stints at his alma mater, Dartmouth, as well as Middlesex School in Concord, Mass.
A 1993 graduate of Dartmouth, he was a four-year letter winner in soccer, helping the squad qualify for the NCAA tournament twice as well as capture two Ivy League titles. A team captain in 1992, he earned All-Ivy honors and led the team to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. He continued his playing career in Zimbabwe before returning to the states to play for the Cape Cod Crusaders of the USISL. After he returned east from Stanford, he suited up for both the Connecticut Wolves and the Boston Bulldogs of the A-League.
Wheeler currently holds his USSF A license, received an advanced national diploma from the NSCAA in 1998 and attended an NSCAA refresher course in 2006. He also is the director of the East Coast Soccer Academy, an overnight summer camp at Wesleyan aimed to attract top student-athletes interested in playing at NESCAC or Ivy League colleges. He added regional U-17 ODP coaching to his repertoire in the summer of 2009. In addition to his soccer coaching duties, he was an assistant men's squash coach at Wesleyan from 1999 through 2010, including one season as interim head coach, and earned a master's degree in liberal studies at Wesleyan in 2007.
ADRIAN BLACKADAR | Assistant Coach
Adrian Blackadar enters his second year on staff as an assistant coach for the Cardinals. Blackadar previously spent five years of coaching at the camp, club and collegiate level.
A 2013 graduate of Clark University where he was a four-year starter for the Cougars men's soccer team, Blackadar began his coaching career at the Brian Young Soccer Camp in his hometown of Warwick, R.I. during the summers of 2011 and 2012. He also coached at the Nike MBSC Sports Camp in 2012. That same summer he added his first of four campaigns with Bruno United FC as head coach of the boys U9-14 squad and as assistant for the boys U16-17 team.
Moving into the collegiate ranks in the fall of 2013 after coaching at the Grootbos Foundation and the Football Foundation of South Africa in Gansbaii, South Africa during the summer, he was an assistant at Johnson & Wales University before heading to Brown University as an assistant in 2014.
A graduate of Pilgrim High School in Warwick, he was a captain of the boys soccer team his senior year and was a six-year veteran of premier league club action. He holds an advanced national diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
JOE CHERACKAL | Sub-Varsity Head Coach
Joe Cherackal is entering his third year on the men’s soccer staff, and his second as the sub-varsity coach. A native of Connecticut, he played for local club Oakwood out of Glastonbury before enrolling at Holy Cross. After graduating in 2009, he began coaching locally with the Portland Soccer Club. In 2012, Cherackal returned to his roots and began coaching for Oakwood. He has since switched youth clubs, assuming duties with the FSA FC for the 2015-16 season. Cherackal received a national “D” coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) in 2013. He also became a certified strength and conditioning specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 2011.