CHICAGO – Head Men's Soccer Coach Pat Flinn announced that Michael Choquette has been hired as University of Chicago's full-time assistant men's soccer coach.
"I could not be more excited about Michael Choquette joining me on staff at UChicago," Flinn said. "Michael excelled as a student-athlete at UChicago, which is not an easy thing to do. His playing resume speaks for itself, and off the field he was extremely successful in the classroom and has a wealth of experience in and out of soccer since graduating. He has a real passion for the game and I am excited about him bringing ideas to the table that make myself and the team better. We are fortunate Choq is coming back to UChicago Men's Soccer and he will add value to the program in so many ways."
Choquette starred for the Maroons as a midfielder from 2011-14. He played in 67 games, totaling 13 goals and 12 assists in his career. He was recognized three times on the All-University Athletic Association team and was named UAA Rookie of the Year in 2011. Choquette was a three-time All-Region honoree from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. In his 2014 senior season, he led the team in assists with seven as the Maroons won the UAA title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Choquette graduated in 2015 with a degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. A proficient speaker of Mandarin Chinese, he spent a year as the head men's soccer coach at Beijing Normal University – Zhuhai.
Choquette's coaching experience also includes one season as an assistant men's soccer coach at Eastern Connecticut State University in 2018. From 2017-19, he was head coach and facilities assistant for the Oakwood Soccer Club in Glastonbury, Conn. Choquette worked with the Boys' U17/U19 Academy, the Boys' Pre-Academy (U10/11) and was director of the YTL program. Other duties included fundraising, managing relationship with vendor Nike, assistant director for full-day and overnight camps, and administrative assistant. He possesses a U.S. Soccer Coaching D License.
"The University of Chicago provides an exceptional experience for its student-athletes and my time here as a Maroon zoomed by," Choquette said. "Four wonderful years on the field with a fantastic group of players and stellar coaches whizzed past. Four wonderful years writing memories on this campus all flew by – in the classroom, in extracurriculars, in forging bonds with friends new and old. With my particular experiences, I aim to bring a unique perspective to the program, to connect with the current Maroons and bring my skillset as a former player, and now coach, to the program. With my passion for the game and this team, I hope to help us all achieve even loftier heights."