Regarded as one of the premier rowing coaches in the United States, Stephen Gladstone enters the 12th season of his second stint - 19th overall - as head coach of Cal men's crew. During the 2006 campaign Gladstone led his team to a national championship at the IRA (Intercollegiate Rowing Association) National Championships and a Pac-10 Team Championship led by a gold medal Varsity Eight. In 2006 the California varsity eight came out on top, defeating Princeton by two seconds. With this win, Gladstone is tied with Charles "Pop" Courtney for the most Varsity Challenge Cup Titles (IRA Varsity Eight National Championships); Courtney won 11 titles while at Cornell between 1901 and 1915.
Wanting to give full measure to coaching, Gladstone resigned as Cal's athletic director in June of 2004, having assumed the position in 2001. During his time as AD, Gladstone helped turn around Cal's football program by naming Jeff Tedford to lead the Golden Bears on the gridiron. Despite the pressures of being both athletic director and head coach for men's crew, Gladstone led his team to a bronze-medal finish at the IRAs and second place at the Pac-10s, a near carbon copy of the 2003 spring racing season, the exception being a gold-medal finish for the junior varsity eight at the IRA Regatta and Pac-10 Championships.
Dominance was the norm during the 1999 through 2002 seasons. The varsity eights claimed the IRA National Championship each year and set an IRA record time in 1999. Additionally the JV eight won the Pac-10 title in 2002 and IRA gold in 1999, 2001 and 2002. Gladstone was recognized as Pac-10 Men's Rowing Coach of the Year for five consecutive seasons, from 1998 through 2002.
In 1997 and 1998, with Gladstone's return to Cal, the Bears once again stepped onto the IRA medal stand.
From 1981-94 Gladstone served as the Director of Rowing Operations at Brown University in Providence, R.I. While at Brown, Gladstone established a program that was, at the time, unparalleled in collegiate rowing. His crews triumphed four times at the Eastern Sprints Championships, five times at the IRA Regatta and twice at the National Collegiate Rowing Championships. In both 1993 and 1994, the Brown varsity crew completed the triple crown with victories in each of the aforementioned championship regattas - a feat that had never before and has never since been accomplished. In Gladstone's final season at Brown, the men's crew went undefeated at all levels of competition.
During his previous tenure at Cal from 1973-80, Gladstone guided the Bears to three undefeated dual-race seasons, an IRA title and a Pac-10 championship.
Stephen Gladstone's name has been synonymous with success ever since he began coaching in 1966. After directing the Princeton freshmen to a pair of IRA silver medals, Gladstone took over as varsity lightweight coach at Harvard. He led the Crimson to four straight undefeated seasons, four titles at the Eastern Sprints Championships and, in 1972, Thames Challenge Cup and Wyfold Challenge Cup victories at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. During his tenure at Harvard, he served as the U.S. National Team Coach (1969) and was a selector for the U.S. Olympic Team (1972).
A 1964 graduate of Syracuse University, Gladstone has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen and has also been a member of the Men's Olympic Rowing Committee. In 1984, he served as ABC's expert commentator for rowing events at the Los Angeles Olympics, and he worked in the same capacity for NBC at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988. Immediately prior to his return to Cal, Gladstone was the president and director of marketing for Resolute Racing Shells.