We have had the pleasure and opportunity to work with Coach Stockton over the past
season and have been highly impressed by his work ethic and the positive environment he brings to everything he does. With Coach Stockton's extensive resume and personal experience in the goalkeeping position we know that he is going to push our players to new levels and create great opportunities for them to play beyond club soccer into college and beyond. Coach Stockton said "I think we can create a great environment for the clubs goalkeepers to develop and nurture their passion for the goalkeeping position" when asked about the his thoughts and what he would like to bring to RSL-AZ West Valley.
Goalkeeping Director Stockton would assume the role of developing each of the goalkeepers at the individual level, hold weekly training sessions , provide position specific evaluations, and position specific mentorship for the older goalkeepers as they navigate the recruiting process in conjunction with College Placement Advisor Matt Gow.
Coach Stockton's experience includes most recently coaching the 2006 boys for Arizona FC as well as his second season as an assistant coach with the OUAZ men’s soccer team as an Assistant Coach. He was part of the staff that guided the Spirit to a program-best 15-6-2 record, finishing as a GSAC tournament finalist and a NCCAA tournament semifinalist.
Stockton also coached at the University of the Pacific where he was an assistant coach with the Tigers from 2017-2019. During his time at Pacific, he was part of a coaching staff in which the Tigers compiled a 25-9-4 overall record in two seasons, reaching the second round of the NCAA tournament each year.
Prior to University of the Pacific, Stockton spent six seasons as an assistant at California State University - Monterey Bay. Stockton helped coach the Otters to an 11-5-3 record his third year including four shutout victories and the program's first top 25 national ranking.
Prior to CSU Monterey Bay, Stockton spent three seasons with Missouri State University where he was involved in all facets of the program on and off the field, specializing in the development of the goalkeepers. In 2009, Missouri State captured the Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship and an NCAA tournament bid, marking the first time for the program in 10 years for both achievements. Stockton also worked with Missouri State's women's soccer program as the goalkeeper coach, helping the program finish in 2nd place in the MVC both in 2009 and 2010.
Prior to Missouri State, Stockton spent the previous seven seasons at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas where he earned a Bachelor's degree in business administration in 2006. Stockton enjoyed a four-year playing career in goal at Midwestern State, leading his team to the NCAA Division II national quarterfinals on two occasions, as him and his teammates posted a 51-17-6 in four seasons. He was named All-Midwest Region first-team goalkeeper as a senior and earned the MWSU Soccer Alumni Award for Leadership and Integrity in 2004. In 2005, Stockton spent the season coaching the Mustang goalkeepers to a 13-3-2 record and served as a graduate assistant the next two years when Midwestern State went 36-5-4 over a two-year stretch and advanced to the NCAA DII national semifinals in 2007.
Stockton played professionally in the Pacific Coast Soccer League and Premier Development League, and was named to the PCSL All-Star team in 2004. He spent the 2005 and 2006 season with the DFW Tornados of the PDL. Stockton has earned his United States Soccer Federation "B" Coaching License, and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Leadership through Ottawa University.
Coach Stockton has also had experience at the club level with the Central Valley Surf U17/U19 age groups from Stockton, CA from 2017-2019. The teams competed in the National Premier League and had very successful showings at Surf Cup, Santa Clara Sporting Invitational, and state cup.
Coach Stockton worked with the NorCal Player Development Program from 2017-2019. Duties included PDP, with identification and development of many of the top players in northern CA. He specifically worked with Region 8 at the U12-U13 ages and the Central selection pool at the U13-U17 ages to prepare and identify top players for the state team, which works to identify top players for national and international competitions. he also had opportunities to work with the Sacramento Republic’s player development program to identify players for their youth and DA programs.
Coach Stockton has conducted College Soccer ID Camps from 2001 till the present.
We are very excited to have Coach Stockton as part of our program and know that he will play a huge role in not only making the program more elite but also in shaping the youth players into responsible young adults that we will be proud to send off to college teams.
David has been married to his wife, Shannon Stockton, since 2018 and is expecting their first baby this September. David currently resides in Surprise, AZ.