Head CoachGabriel Bolton
Gabriel Bolton, the winningest coach in Stanislaus State women’s soccer history, has guided the Warriors to an unprecedented six consecutive post-season appearances including the 2014 NCAA West Region Championship.
The 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) West Region Coach of the Year and 2013 CCAA Coach of the Year has been the head coach — during two stints — at Stanislaus State since 2001.
On November 3, 2013 Bolton reached a career milestone by winning his 100th match as head coach of the Warriors. His current record thru 2015 is 130-68-25 (.676). He is also one of only three active coaches to win multiple CCAA women’s soccer championships.
In 2015 Bolton led the Warriors to the CCAA Championship match and an overall record of 12-6-3. The 2014 team captured the program’s first NCAA West Region Championship by blanking Cal Poly Pomona, 2-0, in Golden, Colo. Stanislaus State advanced to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals, eventually falling to Colorado School of Mines in penalty kicks. The 2014 squad was the first women’s soccer team in history to reach a #1 national ranking. Stanislaus State finished the season ranked #9 nationally.
With a 2-0 victory over Sonoma State the Warriors won the 2013 CCAA Championship and became the first undefeated team in CCAA history to win a conference championship. The Warriors were 18-0-2 before falling in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In addition to breaking nearly every record in program history the 2013 squad also reached a program-high #5 national ranking by the NSCAA and were ranked as high as #2 in the nation by the Bennett Ranking Services.
In 2011, the Warriors demolished Chico State 4-0 in the CCAA championship match before nearly 1,500 fans and a live television audience. The Warriors finished 11-4-6 and ranked #24 in the nation. Under Bolton’s guidance the Warriors also appeared in the post season in 2010 and 2012.
Bolton is responsible for recruiting and developing the 2013 NSCAA Diviaion II Player of The Year and four-time All American Karenee Demery. During his coaching tenure with the Warriors he has coached three All Americans, 27 All West Region (CoSIDA, NSCAA) players, and 33 All CCAA award winners.
The Warriors, who are know for their exciting brand of attacking soccer have led all NCAA Division II schools in attendance every year since 2008.
The soccer pitch is not the only place the Warriors have been successful. Upon his arrival at the Turlock campus Bolton spearheaded an academic initiative for the women’s soccer team known as Operation Graduation. The results have been exceptional. The Warriors have averaged a grade point average of over 3.1 during his tenure and the program has been recognized by the NSCAA on seven occasions for their academic achievement.
In 2012 Cal State Stanislaus reached a major milestone when two student-athletes (Demery, Bernie Bettencourt) were named Academic All American. Bolton has also coached 68 CCAA All-Academic team members.
Bolton is in his second stint coaching the Warriors. He coached the team in 2001 before returning in 2006. In 2001 he turned around one of the worst programs in NCAA Division II by leading the Warriors to an 11-8-1 record. In the three years before his arrival, the program tallied just a 7-48-1 record. The Warriors were ranked the fourth-most improved women’s soccer program in the nation by the NCAA at the conclusion of the year.
After the 2001 season, Bolton left to become the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. During his three seasons at Utah, the Utes made three NCAA Division I tournament appearances, won the Mountain West Conference Championship tournament in 2003 and 2004 and posted an overall record of 42-12-8. The program was also ranked in the top 25 nationally all three seasons and in both 2003 and 2004, cracked the nation’s top 15 rankings.
As recruiting coordinator with the Utes, Bolton recruited three nationally-ranked recruiting classes. In 2002 and 2004, his classes were ranked No. 37 in the country and in 2003 his class was ranked No. 17—the highest-ranked recruiting class in Utah and MWC history. During his three years at Utah, Bolton coached 14 all-conference players, 38 academic all-conference players, six NSCAA All-West Region players, five freshmen All-Americans, and two Verizon Academic All-Americans. Utah also received the NSCAA Team Academic Award all three years.
Bolton currently holds a Premier Diploma from the NSCAA. He graduated from UC Davis with a degree in political science and sociology. He also earned his law degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
He and his wife Kathy Koumjian Bolton have three children: Sophia and twins Brynne and Ben.