Florin Marton began his second stint as the head coach of the Salem International men’s soccer team in December of 2010.
The Tigers posted winning records in each of his first two seasons with a 7-6-3 mark in 2011 and a 9-6 record in 2012. The Tigers began play in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in 2013, ending up third in the league standings with an overall record of 8-9-1.
Marton spent 14 years playing professional soccer and was also on the Romanian National Team as a goalkeeper.
During the final years of his playing career in Romania, Marton earned his National Coaching License. He began his coaching career at the youth level before spending time as a player/coach with CFR-Victoria Caransebes of the Romanian National League.
Marton came to the US in 1991 and began working with youth clubs in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region. He also served as an assistant coach at Carleton and Macalester Colleges, both at the same time. In 1994 he took over as the head coach at Carleton, where he spent the next three seasons.
From Carleton, Marton went on to be both the head men’s and women’s soccer coach at Clarke College. Marton’s final stop in the 90’s was a one year stint at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where he served as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s programs.
Marton came to SIU for his first go-round in 2000. His first tenure saw three winning campaigns in seven seasons.
Marton took over the men’s and women’s programs at NAIA West Virginia Tech in 2007. He spent three seasons in Montgomery, and was the conference’s Coach of the Year twice.
He is also involved with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and Black Diamond Field Club.
Florin earned a Master’s degree in Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Timisoara in Romania. In addition to his Romanian National Coaching License, he is also has a National Coaching License from the USSF.