Idaho Surf Coaching Bio’s

Shawn Watts 

President & Executive Director

Shawn Watts brings Surf Soccer Club to Idaho as club’s Founder and Executive Director.

Boise and Idaho as a state are rapidly growing and becoming increasingly strong soccer markets as athletes from the West Coast relocate with their families. Drawing on his experience playing (La Galaxy, Chivas USA, and Colorado Rapids) and coaching (USSF “A” License and coaching educator for U.S. Soccer Federation) Watts saw an opportunity to bring something new to the Idaho Soccer scene in order to bring unique opportunities to players through the new Surf affiliation.

“The opportunity to bring the “Surf” brand and development platform for our players and families is really special that no one else is able to replicate in the country. Coming from the environment that i’m used to in Southern California, this transition makes sense from both a development stand point as well as a competitive stand point. Surf is the most respected and successful youth club in the country. So to have an opportunity to join something like this and bring “Surf” to Idaho was a no-brainer for me. I don’t like it when people make the comment, “well, that’s just Idaho soccer”. The standard in Idaho needs to be higher for everyone involved. Players need to see what competing outside of the State of Idaho really look like. This gives us a platform to truly change the landscape for youth soccer here in Idaho and I couldn’t be more excited to be a big part of that .”

Elmer Chacon

Director of Coaching & Surf Caldwell Executive Director

Southern California native Elmer Chacon named Idaho Surf’s Director of Coaching

Elmer Chacon has a strong history of coaching in Southern California A Two-Time National Champion coach with Slammers Huntington Beach. Chacon was most recently the Director of Coaching for Southern California Rush.

Coach Elmer, 2020 had 4 of his players signed contracts with LAFC Academy of the MLS. Elmer’s technical and tactical trainings have set him apart when it comes to players getting to the next level.

He is excited to bring his talents to this emerging market and to build unique programming in the area alongside Watts.

“Coming to Idaho and having the opportunity to work with Shawn Watts to be a part of a Nationally recognized club like Surf, is that I can’t wait to get there and get to work. With the ideas and vision that Shawn has for me as the Director of Coaching and Idaho Surf. There is no doubt that this club will be the best and most decorated club in Idaho and Hopefully the Pacific Northwest.”

James Kaufusi

VP – Director of Soccer Operations & Academy Director

Let’s just get it out there, amongst the MANY hats, titles and roles that coach Kaufusi holds the one that he is known for the most, is just being the all around nice guy. His passion and sacrifice to help the youth and families is unmatched. Amongst that amazing title and the countless things that Kaufusi does, he also holds a USSF “C” License, is a coach, and trainer, and yes, still an active player on our Idaho’s outdoor and indoor Men’s Leagues. Coach Kaufusi is a native of Boise, Idaho and played his youth soccer with Boise National Soccer Club. During his time at the club, he captained the team to multiple state cup championships and U.S. Regionals Finals. Coach Kaufusi’s club team ranked as high as #2 in the Nation under Head Coach Hiro Watanabe (Japan) and was an ODP and U.S. National Pool Player. He graduated from Capital High School where he captained the Varsity Soccer team and scored the game winning goal for the High School Championship. The All-State, All-Star would go on to be recruited to the U-23 United States Soccer Festival and captained under U.S. National Team Coach Carlos Juarez. Coach Kaufusi was offered a spot on the Kansas City Wizard Soccer Team by former U.S. National Team and U.S. World Cup Team, Coach Bob Gansler. It is Coach Kaufusi’s belief that with a positive attitude, determination and hard work, talented players will see a pivotal change in their development and the overall development for youth soccer in Idaho.

JP Mejia

Assistant Director Soccer Operations & SAQ Director

Coach JP’s passion for soccer was fostered from his time playing through out his youth and college years. He holds a USSF “D”License, is a coach, trainer, and also an active player in local men’s leagues. In his youth, he played for Upland Celtics and Diamond Bar Legends and he would go on to play for the University of La Verne as a walk on. Having a passion and love for both soccer and fitness, Coach JP has remained involved in the sport that he grew up playing by giving back his time, talent and knowledge of the game. He has continued to play the game in men’s leagues and remained involved through training, coaching and supporting leagues both in Southern California and Idaho. It is Coach JP’s belief that the development we provide to our kids through soccer not only will be a tool to help them activate their goals as a player, but give them life skills that they will need to thrive as a person.

Tyler Blackmer

Idaho Surf Club Goal Keeper Coach & Staff Assistant Coach

Idaho Surf is excited to introduce Tyler Blackmer to the coaching staff. Tyler will be the club’s Goal Keeper coach for all of our competitive teams as well as on staff serving as an assistant coach. Tyler brings a wealth of playing experience as a homegrown soccer player. Tyler grew up playing here in the Treasure Valley for the Boise Nationals. 

“I’m extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with Idaho Surf. The direction and the passion in which the Idaho Surf club as a whole and it’s staff members is going, is something that I want to be a part of as I know this club is destined to do some extremely special things not just in the State of Idaho but across the country”, says Blackmer.

While at the Boise Nationals Tyler won 6 Idaho State Cups, was a 3x Far West Regional Finalist and and a 2x Surf Cup Finalist. “Tyler is the type of coach we want on staff here at Idaho Surf. His eagerness to get involved and represent the Surf brand to the highest degree is something that is extremely hard to come by. I’m excited to see the impact Tyler has on all of our goal keepers and to the club,” Idaho Surf’s Executive Director and Founder Shawn Watts comments.

Tyler was a member of the Region IV ODP team and continued his playing career at Wright State University. During his time at Wright State, Tyler played with the Columbus Crew Academy, The Dayton Dutch Lions and Ventura County Fusion of the USL. Tyler has been coaching in Idaho with Mountain View High School and also served as an assistant for the Men’s team at the College of Idaho.

George Hunt

Idaho Surf Assistant Director

Idaho Surf Soccer Club is excited to announce George Hunt as the most recent addition to the Idaho Surf Soccer Club staff. George is coming in as a staff coach and will also serve as the Assistant Director for the Meridian Chapter. 

George comes to Idaho from Denver Colorado where he was heavily involved with the youth game. George has a history of coaching in different parts of the country., coaching for clubs such as Colorado Edge before holding the full time Director of Coaching roles at Altitude Football Club (Colorado), Roanoke Star Soccer Club (Virginia), and Colorado Rush (Colorado), before moving to Idaho to coach for Idaho Rush. He has coached players that have or are currently playing Universities such as Virginia Tech (Division 1), Colorado School of Mines (Division 2), University of Denver (Division 1), Olivetti Nazarene (NAIA), and many more schools throughout the country. George’s playing background includes NAIA nationally ranked school Grandview University (IA) as well as Division 2 school Mesa State College (CO). After his college career, he had stints with Semi-pro teams in Colorado and the professional indoor franchise Denver Dynamite.

George holds coaching licenses in both the United States Coaches as well as the US Soccer Federation. Credentials include USSF B license, USC Premier diploma, USSF Grassroots Instructors license, a Bachelors degree in Educational Studies, and a Masters Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration. 

“This is an exciting time for soccer in Idaho with the addition of a great brand like “Surf.” I am looking forward to the opportunity to work along side some great coaches and help grow the game in Idaho. I have NO doubt that the professionalism and quality, Surf will bring a new level to the Valley”.