Stephen Gorton Assistant Coach and Camp Director
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.
Simon Bird: Simon Bird returns for his second season on the men's soccer staff. In 2017, Bird helped lead SIUE into its first season the Mid-American Conference. The Cougars finished third in the MAC and advanced to the postseason tournament. SIUE fell 2-1 in double overtime to eventual tournament champion Akron, who later advanced to the semifinals in the NCAA College Cup.
Bird came to SIUE following a four-year stint with St. Catharine College, an NAIA institution, in Springfield, Kentucky.
He spent the 2013-2016 seasons at St. Catharine’s. The Patriots set the school record with 16 wins in 2014, and the staff was named as the Mid-South Conference Coaching Staff of the Year.
He also had served as the Director of Coaching for the Oldham Soccer Club in Buckner, Kentucky since January 2011.
From 2009-2012, Bird served on Ken Lolla’s staff at Louisville alongside current SIUE Head Coach Mario Sanchez and assistant coach Jeremy Proud. While at Louisville, Bird was part of a coaching staff which earned accolades as the National Coaching Staff of the Year in 2010 as well as Big East Coaching Staff of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
With Bird on staff, the Cardinals made the program’s only appearance in the NCAA men’s College Cup final in 2010 and appeared in the Elite 8 from 2009-2011. Louisville was the Big East Champions in both 2010 and 2011.
The native of Lincoln, England, played three seasons for Louisville, notching 29 career goals for the Cardinals. He was the Conference USA Player of the Year as a senior in 2003, after leading the league with 29 points.
Bird earned his bachelor of science in health and human performance from Louisville in 2004.