Stephen Anthony was named the head coach of the Valparaiso University women's bowling program on February 19, 2009, in charge of building the program from scratch. He also is the school's associate director of athletics for business services.
Prior to these positions, Anthony spent ten seasons as the head coach of the Crusader women’s soccer program. Named just the second head coach in program history prior to the 1998 campaign, Anthony is the winningest coach in school history, both in terms of victories and winning percentage.
A proven recruiter, Anthony brought in and coached 35 All-Conference athletes during his tenure at the head of the women’s soccer team. It was this experience and the passion for coaching that lead him to the challenge of starting the women’s bowling program at Valparaiso. Anthony has a background in bowling and has been active in leagues, but more importantly he is an enthusiast for the sport and sees real potential in building a strong program at Valparaiso University. Anthony took on the responsibility and challenge of starting a new program with one goal in mind: to provide the proper structure and organization to a new program so that the student-athletes have the best opportunity to be successful on and off the lanes. The opportunity to contribute to the University in another capacity while being a positive influence in the lives of the student-athletes that form the new bowling program is at the core of his motivation to bring a successful bowling program to Valpo.
The 2006 Mid-Continent Conference Coach of the Year, Anthony guided Valparaiso to the 2006 Mid-Con regular season title on the pitch, the team’s second consecutive conference crown and first outright title in school history. The Crusaders tied a school record with 12 victories and the team’s .711 winning percentage was the best ever as well. Anthony guided the Brown and Gold to its first Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2005, along with a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history as Valpo headed to Notre Dame to face the fifth-ranked team in the nation. The team set a new school mark for victories in a season in 2005, winning 12 contests. Anthony was named Mid-Continent Conference co-Coach of the Year for his efforts, the second time in his career he earned such an honor.
During his stay at Valparaiso, Anthony led the Crusaders to six Mid-Continent Conference Tournament berths, including appearances in the finals in both 1999 and 2004 in addition to the 2005 championship. In 2001, Anthony led the Brown and Gold to 10 victories and was named Mid-Continent Conference Coach of the Year for the first time after guiding the Crusaders to a second place finish in the league. In 1999, Anthony led Valparaiso to the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament championship match in the Crusaders’ first season as a member of the Mid-Con.
While guiding the Brown and Gold, Anthony had 12 players named to the Mid-Continent Conference First Team and 19 Second Team All Mid-Con selections. He also sported the Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year in both 1999 and 2006. He also coached two Second Team All-Horizon League honorees in his final season on the bench. During his first season, Anthony had two All-Missouri Valley Conference picks on his squad. Anthony’s players have also succeeded in the classroom as well, as 102 Crusader student-athletes have earned Academic All-Conference honors under his guidance.
Prior to being named head coach at Valpo, Anthony was the head men's soccer coach at Northeastern Illinois University for one season, the final year of varsity competition at the school. He also served as the head women's club soccer coach at DePaul University from 1990-1996.
Anthony played collegiate soccer at DePaul from 1984-1988, becoming the school's first four-year player. He was captain of the squad both as a junior and senior. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in commerce from DePaul in 1988 and earned his Master of Science in management of public services from the school in 1990. Anthony finished a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree in sports management at Valparaiso University in 2003. He and his wife, Jamie, have been married since 1989, and have one son, Tucker, born in 1998.