Stephen Gorton joined the SIUE men's soccer staff in March 2019.
Gorton comes to SIUE after spending seven seasons in various roles, including associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Oakland University.
As recruiting coordinator, Gorton brought in multiple four-star recruiting classes and multiple All-Conference and All-Region selections. Gorton helped the Golden Grizzlies to regular season conference titles in both the Horizon and Summit League and was an integral part in the team’s two Horizon League Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2014 and 2015. Following the 2015 season, Gorton was named as one of CollegeSoccerNews.com’s Top 12 Assistant Coaches.
Prior to his time at Oakland, Gorton was the head coach at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas, from 2007-2011. He amassed an overall record of 56-21-3 in his time there. Gorton guided the Broncbusters to a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Final Four, two regional finals, four regional semifinals, and coached numerous All-Americans. He earned recognition as the NJCAA Plains District Coach of the Year in 2008 and was a twice a nominee for National Coach of the Year.
Gorton began 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.
During his playing career at Western Illinois, Gorton was named to the All-Summit League team and selected to the NSCAA All-North Region and NSCAA All-America team.
The native of Mattawan, Michigan, earned his bachelor’s in recreation administration from Western Illinois. He holds a USSF B coaching license.