Lance Gordon, who has eight years of collegiate head coaching experience, has been tabbed as the next head coach for the Stephens College soccer program, the athletics department announced Monday (Aug. 15). He is set to begin his duties immediately.
Gordon becomes the second coach to lead the Stars' soccer program since its restart in 2012. He takes over for Xander Kennedy, who stepped down in January to increase his role as transfer admissions coordinator at the College. The team, which returns seven starters, is coming off its best season to date following a 7-10-1 record in 2015.
"We are extremely excited to introduce Lance Gordon as our new head soccer coach," Samson said. "Lance impressed us with his knowledge of the game, his passion and energy, and a plan for the future for Stephens soccer. Not to mention, he has an infectious personality that will inspire our current and future student-athletes."
Gordon got his start at the collegiate ranks in 2006 as head men's and women's soccer coach at University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. In between separate stints at UWFV, Gordon coached at NCAA Division III Ripon College. Most recently, Gordon relocated with his family to Alva, Oklahoma where he spent the past year as a volunteer assistant women's soccer coach for Craig Liddell at NCAA DII Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
In eight seasons as a collegiate head coach, Gordon's teams have compiled a 71-47-8 record. Among his other accomplishments are four conference championships and a pair of Coach of the Year honors. In his short stint at Ripon, Gordon made his way into the top-five all time in single-season wins with 11 (4th) and single-season conference wins with 8 (t-3rd).
Before entering the college ranks, Gordon began coaching club in Wisconsin in 1999. He served in several different roles for Mount Horeb Soccer Club, Fox Valley Unified Soccer Club and Appleton Soccer Club. The Wisconsin native has earned his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and Goalkeeping License as well as a USSF "C" License. He is an active member of NSCAA and plans to complete his national premier license in January 2017.
The Wisconsin native has also worked numerous camps at the University of Wisconsin, Croatian Soccer Club (Milwaukee, WI), Evolution Soccer Club (Chicago, IL) and Wisconsin Olympic Development Program.
Lance received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Wisconsin and is currently pursuing a master's degree in American Studies from Northwestern Oklahoma State.