Chris Pfau

Head Coach

Chris Pfau returns to Evansville in 2019 for his first season as assistant coach. Pfau is familiar with Evansville after serving as head coach for the Aces from 2005-07. During this time, current Aces' women's soccer head coach Krista McKendree served as an assistant for Pfau.

Pfau comes to Evansville after a pair of seasons at MVC member Valpo in 2017 and 2018. Previous to Valpo, Pfau spent six seasons guiding the University of Houston women’s soccer program. Pfau was also the head women’s coach at Akron (2008-12) before taking over at Houston.  

At Houston, Pfau led the Cougars to their first postseason berth since 2010 in his first season. He coached Cami Koski to American Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2013.

During his tenure at Akron, Pfau took a Zips team that hadn’t reached the MAC Tournament in any of its first eight seasons to the MAC East Division title and three straight MAC Tournaments. His Akron side put together back-to-back undefeated seasons against MAC East Division foes, going 5-0 in 2009 and 4-0-1 in 2010.

Pfau's success during his time at Evansville, included leading the Purple Aces to the 2006 Missouri Valley Conference Finals and the 2007 MVC Tournament. Evansville enjoyed the seventh-best improvement nationally in his first season in 2005.

Pfau’s extensive resume also includes experience as the Director of Coaching for the Junior Irish Soccer Club (2002-03), the women’s head coach at St. Mary’s College (2002-03), the men’s head coach at Mount Mary College (1999-02), an assistant for the Cincinnati River Hawks of the A-League (1997-99) and the head coach of Cincinnati United Soccer Club (1995-99).

Before his coaching tenure began, Pfau was a highly successful player at Old Dominion. He was a team captain, four-year starter and all-region honoree during his collegiate playing days, which spanned from 1985-89. Pfau went on to enjoy a lengthy professional playing career in the APSL, WPSL and WSL from 1989-99.