Steve Axtell

Director of Coaching and Club Standards

SDA '00, '01 & '02 Boys Head Coach

SUNY Cortland Men's Head Coach

Steve Axtell is a Franklin, N.Y. native. Axtell earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2008 and obtained a master’s degree in exercise science in 2014 from SUNY Cortland.


At Cortland, Steve was the goalkeeper for three seasons (2006, 2008-09). He earned All-SUNYAC honors in 2008 and appeared in 39 career games with nine shutouts.

Steve is the current head coach of the 2000 Boys, 2001 Boys, and 2002 Boys teams for SDA. He was named Director of Coaching and Club Standards for SDA in 2019. 

Axtell holds a Premier Diploma and an Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma from the NSCAA with Distinguished Pass. He was appointed to the NSCAA National Staff, which makes him both a National Staff member as well as Associate National Goalkeeping Staff for the NSCAA. He teaches NSCAA coaching courses throughout the Northeast and directs the Goalkeeper College ID Camps at the University of Connecticut during the summer.

Axtell was named the head coach of the SUNY Cortland Men's team in June 2012 after serving as interim head coach for five months and as an assistant coach for the Red Dragons in 2010 and 2011. He also was a volunteer student assistant coach during the 2007 season.

Axtell also is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and has received conditioning for soccer diploma from the International Coaches Association. He is the founder and director of the OnePlus Soccer Academy in Ithaca, N.Y., which features teams ranging from U8 to U18, residential camps and clinics. The Academy does the training for various soccer clubs in the area, has a goalkeeping academy and conducts coaching education clinics throughout the year. Part of the organization is a non-profit club that holds grassroots programs for young players at no cost throughout New York state.

Axtell has served as the head coach of the Central Region scholastic soccer team at the Empire State Games. He has acted as director of soccer at Camp Winadu in Mass. for two years and Ithaca MicroSoccer for one year. In April 2013, Axtell was named to the ODP Region-1 Staff as its goalkeeper coach.


(Extracted from the Cortland Red Dragons website)