Stephen Gorton has been named head men's soccer coach at Purdue Fort Wayne, the university announced today.
"We are excited to welcome Stephen and his family to Purdue Fort Wayne," PFW Athletic Director Kelley Hartley Hutton said in a statement. "When talking to people connected to the men's soccer world, his name was one of the top ones on the list.
"As we moved through the process and we spoke with Stephen about his vision and passion to be the head coach of the Mastodons, it was evident he was our top choice in a very competitive field of applicants."
Gorton most recently has been first assistant coach at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Previously, he spent seven seasons at Oakland University in various roles, including associate head coach and first assistant coach.
More than 20 players Gorton coached are now playing professionally.
"I'm truly honored for the opportunity to be the new head men's soccer coach at Purdue Fort Wayne," Gorton said in the statement. "Having grown up in the Midwest and spending the majority of both my playing and coaching careers in neighboring states to Indiana, I have a deep understanding and passion for soccer in this region."
Gorton served as the head coach at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas, from 2007 to 2011. He compiled an overall record of 56-21-3 for the Broncbusters, guiding the program to a National Junior College Athletic Association Final Four, two regional finals and four regional semifinals. He coached five All-Americans.
Gorton 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.
"This is an exciting time for the student-athletes at Purdue Fort Wayne and the city of Fort Wayne," Gorton said. "With the university's entrance into the Horizon League I am eager to start working with the current student-athletes and begin leading this process immediately."