Associate Head Coach Stephen Gorton earns honor after helping lead Oakland to consecutive Horizon League titles
Golden Grizzlies add nine newcomers from Michigan, Kansas, Liberia and Canada
Golden Grizzlies add depth with experienced players looking to make immediate impact
Golden Grizzlies and Bearcats play on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. followed by women's soccer against UDM at 7:30 p.m.
Joining the staff are Armen Tonianse, Steve Seargeant and Joey Tinnion
Oakland captured the 2014 Horizon League Men's Soccer Championship with a 2-1 win over Wright State Nov. 15.
Matt Dudley scored the golden-goal in double-OT as Oakland beat Dusquesne 2-1 at the OU Soccer Field on Sept. 26, 2012
Since his arrival, Gorton has helped guide Oakland to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and Horizon League Tournament titles in 2014 and 2015 including two Horizon League and one Summit League regular season titles. He has also helped the team to a 19-6-6 conference record, 19-9-6 home mark along while improving the team's RPI 119 spots from 2011 (187), 2012 (112), 2013 (108), 2014 (72), to 2015 (65).
Gorton was recently named one of the nation’s top assistant coaches by College Soccer News. The online publication annually seeks to recognize assistant coaches across the country who are excelling at their work and listed Gorton as one of 12 difference makers who are making an impact.
Gorton coached six All-Horizon Team selections including Co-Offensive Player of the Year Austin Ricci in 2015 and helped Oakland’s 2016 class receive a College Soccer News 4-star rating.
After leading Garden City CC to the Final Four of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament in 2008 in addition to a Region VI Championship, Gorton was named the NJCAA Plains District Coach of the Year and nominated for the National Soccer Coaches of Association of America (NSCAA) National Coach of the Year award.
During his tenure at GCCC Gorton trained 33 All-Conference Players, 30 All-Region, five NSCAA All-South, five NJCAA All-Americans, two NSCAA All-Americans, two KJCCC Players of the Year and two Freshmen of the Year honorees. He constantly had his teams in the top 15 in the country for three straight years and was ranked as high as No. 3. His teams compiled an overall record of 56-21-3 (71%), conference record of 55-11-1 (82%) and home record of 41-5-0 (89%).
Prior to Garden City CC, Gorton was an assistant coach at WIU helping guide the team featuring current Major League Soccer player Kosuke Kimura to the 2004 Mid-Continent Conference Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance.
As a player at WIU, Gorton was an NSCAA All-American and All-Region selection. He was also named to the NSCAA/Adidas All North team. Gorton was invited into the MLS/USL Combines after his collegiate career. Gorton played with a few different USL Premier Development League teams. Was named to the All-PDL team as a member of the Thunder Bay Chill and was named Franchise Defender of the Year.
Gorton, a native of Mattawan, Mich., lives in Royal Oak, Mich. with his wife, the former Andrea Fernandez, daughter Sparrow and dog Cue.