Bob Cheshier is the first player from the inaugural men's soccer team to be elected to the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame. Cheshier was a member of the men's soccer team from 1980-83 and was a leader on the squad that laid the foundation for success on the national level that the program still enjoys today.
Cheshier and his teammates on the early men's soccer teams routinely played the nation's toughest competition regardless of division, including the likes of Clemson, South Carolina, and N.C. State, not to mention the equally tough members of NAIA District Six.
Cheshier was the scoring leader on teams that recorded a 55-19-4 record during his four years in the program. Included in that total is the 21-1-1 team in 1983 that tied nationally-ranked Clemson (1-1) and finished the regular season with a 15-0-1 record, having tied Clemson in the final match of the regular season. The team did not lose a match until the national semifinals. However, Cheshier and his teammates rebounded to win the third-place match that was the first of three straight third-place finishes in the NAIA National Tournament.
A three-time All-American and three-time NAIA District Six selection, Cheshier finished his career as USC Upstate's all-time leading scorer with 121 points. His record stood for 11 years until Marlon Burgess, a Class of 2002 inductee into USC Upstate's Athletics Hall of Fame, surpassed his record. Currently, Cheshier ranks seventh all-time in scoring. What sets him apart from many of the other players on the all-time scoring list is that most of his points came on assists. He finished his career with 67 assists, a mark that stood as the school's all-time record for 17 years until fellow inductee Henrik Ronnevig broke the mark in 2000. Cheshier finished his four-year career with 27 goals.
Originally from Seattle, WA, Cheshier remained in the Upstate after finishing his collegiate career. He currently teaches physical education at Monarch Elementary school in Union County. He has remained active in coaching, heading up the U-12 boys soccer team for the Upstate Soccer Alliance Club. Previously, he was named the Region II 4-A High School Coach of the Year in 1995. He and his wife, Meg, have two sons, Sam and Max