Steven Gortmaker is in his first season at Florida State as the Seminoles’ associate director of football strength. Gortmaker’s career includes time on staff at Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Florida, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Kansas and Western Kentucky and he is in his third season working with head coach Willie Taggart and head strength coach Irele Oderinde.
His career as a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach, certified by the CSCCa, is highlighted by working with 13 first-round draft picks, 69 total players drafted in the NFL, a Heisman Trophy winner, three Jim Thorpe Award winners, two Butkus Award winners, an Outland Trophy winner, an 800-meter national champion, a world indoor 800-meter champion and multiple Olympians. He has also been part of 12 bowl games.
At Oregon in 2017, Gortmaker served as the Ducks’ associate director of football strength and conditioning after joining Oderinde’s staff in 2015 as South Florida’s associate director of athletic performance. Prior to his time at South Florida, he spent two years at Southern Miss as the associate director of strength and conditioning.
Gortmaker was the associate director of football strength and conditioning at Tennessee from 2009-12, working with both Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley, and held the same position at South Carolina under Steve Spurrier from 2004-08. He arrived at South Carolina from Kansas after three seasons as the Jayhawks’ associate director of football strength and conditioning with head coach Mark Mangino.
In 2001 and 2002, Gortmaker was the head football strength and conditioning coach at Western Kentucky under legendary head coach Jack Harbaugh. There, Gortmaker implemented, directed and supervised the strength, speed and conditioning programs that helped the Hilltoppers reach the 2001 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.
Gortmaker, who played defensive back at Oklahoma from 1995-98 and earned Academic All-Big 12 honors and Sooner scholar-athlete recognition, began his coaching career at his alma mater. He worked for two years with head coach Bob Stoops and director of player performance Jerry Schmidt, helping the Sooners win the 2000 national championship.
He is a native of White Deer, Texas, and is married to the former Brooke Martin of Irmo, South Carolina. The couple has a daughter, Mikaela, and a son, Kanon.