Coach Charles Gordon, co-founder and director of coaching for California Elite Soccer Club since 2006, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from California State University Northridge, a Professional Teaching Credential from California State University Bakersfield, and a Master's Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine. During his years as a student-athlete, he captained the Division 1 California State University Matador Soccer Team, where he also earned repeating most valuable player and all-tournament team accolades. He earned all-conference honors as a football player at Antelope Valley College, and was a prominent athlete at Chatsworth High School, accumulating recognition as team captain, most valuable player, and all-league honors.
Coach Gordon's goal of guiding the California Elite Soccer Club Program begins with growth that ultimately focuses on the advancement of everyone involved. With a continued emphasis on character, professionalism, and adhering to the program mission, vision, philosophy and core values, the California Elite Soccer Club Program has guided and mentored numerous players while achieving various positive team accolades. This success has been accomplished through an emphasis on building upon the established culture and environment. With structured and organized expectations, the results have been tremendous and led numerous teams to championship titles, including some of the more prominent successes such as earning the prestigious Coast Soccer League Cup Championship, a State Cup Championship, a Regional Championship, a National Championship, etc.
As well, throughout Coach Gordon's tenure as the Director of California Elite Soccer Club, the players and teams have been highly active in building positive community relationships. They are involved with local youth soccer organizations, conduct free youth clinics, promote tournaments, establish a strong youth academy program, etc.
Additionally, Coach Gordon's extensive coaching background includes being honored with the California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) Western State East Coach of the Year Award, served as the CCCAA Southern California Sophomore Showcase Coordinator, earned an Excellence in Coaching Award presented by Nike and the Cal South Youth Soccer Organization, served as the winningest head coach for the Quartz Hill High School Girls Soccer Program (while accumulating nine Golden League championships), and has developed players who have moved on to all levels of the game. As well, he has been selected as a High Desert All-Star Coach perennially and has been nominated multiple times to represent the Southern Section as a CIF All-Star Coach.
Coach Gordon's dedication and commitment to success are apparent, and the California Elite Soccer Club Athletes are thriving under his leadership. He focuses his efforts on providing an educational and athletic experience that benefits the "Whole Player." Thus, players will better develop the understanding of true success, as-well-as enjoy a positive, fun-filled experience.
Coach Charles Gordon and his family reside in the Antelope Valley.