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Steve Springthorpe
Steve Springthorpe
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 931-372-6200
Email: sspringthorpe@tntech.edu

Steve Springthorpe is in his second season as Golden Eagle head coach in 2015, confidently visualizing the same success on the field over the coming years that his program has experienced in the classroom during his initial season at the helm.

In his first season at Tech, the program displayed tremendous success in the classroom after finishing the year with a 3.427 cumulative GPA, the highest mark amongst all TTU teams. The strong academic prowess continued a promising trend for the program that has now seen Tech soccer with above a 3.0 cumulative GPA for 23 consecutive semesters. 

Now with his first recruiting class under his belt, Springthorpe will look to mirror the type of success his team has achieved in the classroom, as well as the rewards he reaped as head coach at North Carolina State and Fresno State, and assistant coach at Duke University and the University of Florida.

Springthorpe, 51, has been part of coaching teams to championships in the Southeastern (SEC), Western Athletic (WAC), and USA South conference.

Prior to his arrival at Tech, he wrapped up his first season with the Duke women’s soccer program during the 2013 campaign, after spending the previous four seasons as head coach at N.C. State.  At Duke, Springthorpe was in charge of the goalkeepers while working with the defenders and helping with video breakdown.

Prior to a four-year run as head coach at North Carolina State, Springthorpe was head coach for four years at Fresno State. He also served five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Florida, and nine as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Methodist University.

In Springthorpe’s tenure at N.C. State, the Wolfpack witnessed a great turnaround. When Springthorpe was hired in 2009, the Wolfpack had not won a game in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play for two seasons and had not had a 10-win season since 2002. Springthorpe quickly helped turn around the program, highlighted by a 2011 season in which the Wolfpack posted a 10-8-2 record after recording a final RPI of 41.
Before his stint at N.C. State, Springthorpe served as head coach at Fresno State from 2004-08, compiling a 52-40-12 overall record, the highest winning percentage in program history, and leading the Bulldogs to the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championship game four-straight years, winning twice. Under Springthorpe, the Bulldogs made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament (2005, 2008).
Prior to leading Fresno State, Springthorpe spent five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Florida, working primarily with goalkeepers. While at Florida, Springthorpe helped the Gators to an impressive 87-28-5 mark, including three Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular season titles and three SEC Tournament championships.
Springthorpe began his coaching career at his alma mater, Methodist University, in 1987. In his nine seasons as an assistant coach at Methodist, the Lady Monarchs advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals three times and the NCAA Division III championship match in 1995.
A 1987 graduate of Methodist with a degree in sociology, Springthorpe was a two-time All-South Region and three-time All-Conference selection.

Steve has four children -- Tyler (22), Lizzy (20), Westley (17) and Jackson (14).