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
After leading Garden City CC to the semifinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament in 2008 he 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 time at GCCC Gorton trained a pair of NSCAA All-Americans and five NJCAA All-Americans. He constantly had his teams in the top 15 in the country for three straight years and was ranked as high as No. 3. While at Garden City he produced 33 all-conference players during his four years at GCCC, including two KJCCC Player of the Year honorees.
Gorton was an assistant on the WIU team that won The Summit League Tournament in 2004 with a team that featured current Major League Soccer player Kosuke Kimura. 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 is a native of Mattawan, Mich. Gorton lives in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. with his wife, the former Andrea Fernandez, who had served as the head women's soccer coach at GCCC. Andrea works with Michigan Wolves/Hawks Soccer Club and Co-Owner of 360 Training Academy.