Stevie Gill was named head coach of the Grand Canyon University women’s soccer program in March of 2008 after serving as an assistant coach for six years, two of them with the men’s program at GCU.
The 2014 season was a memorable one for Coach Gill and company, as Gill was named the 2014 WAC Coach of Year after leading GCU to a third-place tie in the Western Athletic Conference regular season standings. The Lopes, who finished 7-3 in conference play, won seven of their final eight games, including a weekend a road win over regular season champion Seattle U in October.
GCU was well-represented on the WAC’s postseason awards list, having four student-athletes recognized for their efforts. Blakely Fraasch highlighted the list, as the goalkeeper was named the WAC Freshman of the Year in addition to earning Second Team All-WAC honors. Maria Monterroso was a First Team selection, while Taylor Layton and Jessica Valadez joined Fraasch on the Second Team.
Gill guided the Lopes through uncharted territory in 2013, as his sixth year at the helm of the women’s soccer program was the first for GCU at the Division I level. Under Gill’s leadership, the squad finished Western Athletic Conference play with a 4-7-1 record and would have been eligible for WAC postseason play, had Canyon not been a transitioning school.
Gill captained the 1996 GCU men’s soccer team that was inducted into the 2010 Grand Canyon University Hall of Fame after winning the program’s lone Division II National Championship title. Gill also received the prestigious Dr. Roland L. Beck Senior Scholar Athlete Award for demonstrating excellence in academics, athletics, leadership, and Christian character.
The 2011 season was a historic year for the women’s soccer program as Gill took the squad to their first ever NCAA playoff berth in the history of the 16-year program with a Pacific West Conference record of 8-2-2.
The 2010 season was also a great year for the Grand Canyon University women's soccer team as the Antelopes finished with a record of 11-5-1 overall, 9-4-1 in the PacWest Conference, and were ranked No. 9 in the West Region in both the final regular-season NCAA Division II poll and the final regular-season National Soccer Coaches Association of America vote. The team had a school record .688 winning percentage, .004 higher than the old record of .684 set in 2005.
In 2009, Gill led the Lopes to a record of 9-9-2 overall, 6-6-2 in the PacWest Conference. They finished the season ranked No. 8 in the official NCAA Division II West Region poll – a first for the GCU women’s soccer program. The ‘Lopes also listed six All-Conference selections during the season. In addition to their on-field accomplishments, Gill’s players have also been consistently among the top academic programs with one of the highest cumulative GPA’s at the school.
Gill has developed a reputation for bringing in some of the best local, national and international talent. Among the many is two-time Pacific West Conference “Player of the Year” Award and Serbian World Cup Team member, Marina Nesic.
Gill previously coached in the Canadian Professional Soccer League and was the head boys coach for Durham Regional Soccer Association’s Provincial/National Team Identification program in Canada. He was also the Director of Soccer-Tech International Inc. that provided high-performance training to athletes in Toronto, Canada. Gill holds a “B” License from the Canadian Soccer Association.
As a player and four-year student-athlete at Grand Canyon University, Gill was a Far West Region selection and was also a California Collegiate Athletic Association choice while winning two California Conference Athletic Association championships during his days as an Antelope. He was a four-year captain at Grand Canyon.
Gill also played for Canada’s National Teams at the U-20 and U-23 Olympic/Pan American Games in World Cup Qualifying and Pan-American Games International competitions throughout the world including Cuba, England, Italy, France, Jamaica, Mexico and Scotland. Gill also won three Canadian National Championships with the Ontario Provincial Teams at the U-15, U-16 and U-17 age groups.
Gill graduated Summa Cum Laude from Grand Canyon University with a 3.94 cumulative GPA from the Exercise Science Department in May of 2000. Gill also went on to complete his marketing concentration at Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent, England. He continued his education in Canada at the prestigious York University in Toronto, Canada with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and finally earning his MBA from Grand Canyon University’s College of Business in 2005. Gill continues to teach in GCU’s prominent College of Arts and Sciences specializing in Physical Education and Instructional Strategies.
Originally from Toronto, Gill now lives in Phoenix with his wife Kristen and son, Viggo.