Purdue-Fort Wayne Soccer Camps
Head Coach Stephen Gorton
The 2020 season will be the first for Stephen Gorton as Purdue Fort Wayne's men's soccer head coach.
Prior to his arrival in Fort Wayne he spent the 2019 campaign as the first assistant at SIUE. Previously, he spent seven seasons at Horizon League member Oakland University. He served various roles, including associate head coach and first assistant for the Golden Grizzlies. His Oakland squads advanced to the Horizon League Semifinals for four consecutive seasons, winning the league title and playing in the NCAA Tournament in 2014 and 2015. In five different seasons, his teams have earned a top-100 RPI, reaching as high as 65 in 2015 with Oakland.
Over 20 players Gorton coached are now playing professionally, including an MLS SuperDraft selection as high as number 19 overall.
Gorton recruited CollegeSoccerNews.com four-star recruiting classes from 2015-19. His student-athletes have earned more than 60 all-conference distinctions and more than 40 all-region honors. He helped six players take home Offensive Conference Player of the Year honors. Following the 2015 season, Gorton was named one of CollegeSoccerNews.com's Top 12 Assistant Coaches. In his first season at Oakland in 2012, he helped the Golden Grizzlies win the Summit League regular season title and finish with five more wins than the year prior.
Gorton comes to Fort Wayne with head coaching experience. He served as the head coach at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas, from 2007-2011. He compiled an overall record of 56-21-3 for the Broncbusters. Gorton guided the program to a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Final Four, two regional finals, four regional semifinals and coached five All-Americans. He earned recognition as the NJCAA Plains District Coach of the Year in 2008 and was twice a nominee for National Coach of the Year.
He started his coaching career as an assistant at Western Illinois during the 2004 season. The Leathernecks won the Summit League Tournament and appeared in the NCAA Tournament during his time in Macomb, Illinois. Gorton played and graduated from Western Illinois, where he was named to the All-Summit League team and selected to the NSCAA All-North Region and NSCAA All-America team.
What they are saying about Stephen Gorton...
"I was thrilled to hear the news for Stephen and his family as I know he'll do a great job in Fort Wayne.
Stephen was integral in the transition with our staff here and hit the ground running in all aspects of our program from recruiting to camp coordination as well as the day-to-day coaching, scouting, community engagement, and everything in between. We owe a lot of our early success here to the work Stephen has done with our staff and with our team.
We will miss Stephen here but with his experience and attention to detail, I'm excited to see what the future holds for him, his family, and the program at Purdue Fort Wayne!"
— Cale Wasserman (head men's soccer coach at SIUE)
"Coach Gorton has excelled as both a head coach and an assistant. He is a wonderful evaluator of talent and a tenacious recruiter. He has an infectious energy and a true passion for our game. He possesses exceptional leadership qualities to challenge and inspire his players."
— Ian McIntyre (head men's soccer coach at Syracuse University)
"Stephen is a big time recruiter. He has developed a comprehensive network of club, high school and JUCO coaches that he stays in contact with and has a good eye for talent. He has experience in all facets of running a DI program including training, scheduling, budgeting, running camps and travel arrangements. He can hit the ground running at Purdue Fort Wayne."
— Dr. Eric Johnson (head men's soccer coach at Western Illinois University)
"Stephen is a talented up and coming coach. With his ability to attract and develop players, he will be a huge asset to the Mastodon men's soccer program."
— Chad Wiseman (head men's soccer coach at Western Michigan University)
"Congratulations to Stephen on being named head coach at Purdue Fort Wayne. Stephen's past experiences at Oakland and SIUE will serve him greatly when leading Purdue Fort Wayne. His leadership, in-depth knowledge of the Midwest recruiting landscape and ability to mentor student-athletes on and off the field will allow him continued success."
— Kevin Kalish (head men's soccer coach at Saint Louis University)
"Stephen Gorton is a very good coach who is extremely dedicated to his craft. He has a clear philosophy about how he wants his teams to play - dynamic attacking soccer that wins games and championships! He is fully committed to developing his players into successful students, athletes, and most importantly, wonderful human beings who give back to their community. Stephen's ferocious work ethic and passion for the game will help inspire his players and staff to achieve great things at Purdue Fort Wayne!"
— Paul Snape (head men's soccer coach at Butler University)
"Stephen is a highly resourceful Coach and teacher. He offers a genuineness to his players and has the ability to inspire them to become not only better players, but better people."
— Chaka Daley (head men's soccer coach at the University of Michigan)