Chad Ashton first joined D.C. United’s technical staff prior to the start of the 2007 season. He currently serves as an Assistant Coach to Ben Olsen after holding the same position under Tom Soehn from 2007-2009. In 2010, Ashton served as the club’s Technical Director, before a move back to the sidelines when Olsen was named Interim Head Coach midway through the 2010 season.
Ashton was first introduced as an Assistant Coach on January 17, 2007, and helped guide the team to the Supporters’ Shield in his first season. He also helped the team capture two U.S. Open Cups during 2008 and 2013.
Ashton joined United after ten seasons as the Head Coach of men’s soccer at University of Denver, where he compiled a record of 85-85-14, ranking him as the second most winning coach in school history. In 2006, he was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Co-Coach of the Year after guiding the Pioneers to an 11-5-2 record. It was his second Coach of the Year honor, having also won the award in 2004.
Throughout the 1990’s, Ashton played professionally with Colorado Foxes of the American Professional Soccer League, the Wichita Wings of the National Professional Soccer League and MLS’ Dallas Burn.
Ashton was a very accomplished player in the college ranks. As a midfielder at the University of North Carolina, he was selected to the All-ACC team three times. He finished his collegiate career in 1989 as the Tarheels’ all-time leader in assists with 43, a record he still holds. Ashton also helped UNC to two NCAA tournament appearances, including a berth in the 1987 Final Four. In high school, he was selected as the Colorado High School Player of the Year in 1986.