Men's Soccer

Eric Pogue
Eric Pogue

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
12th Season

Alma Mater:
Western Michigan, 2000



11/23/2014

OAKLAND FALLS TO NO. 3 SEED MICHIGAN STATE, 1-0, IN NCAA TOURNAMENT

The Golden Grizzlies finish the season with a 10-7-3

11/22/2014

OAKLAND READY FOR NCAA SECOND ROUND MATCH AT NO. 13 MICHIGAN STATE

Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium

11/20/2014

OAKLAND ADVANCES IN NCAA TOURNAMENT WITH 2-0 WIN OVER KENTUCKY

The Golden Grizzlies will face Michigan State on Sunday at 1 p.m. in East Lansing

11/19/2014

OAKLAND RETURNED TO ITS DEFENSE AND BECAME AN OFFENSIVE FORCE

The journey of the men's soccer team from 0-5 to NCAA Tournament berth

11/19/2014

OAKLAND SET FOR NCAA TOURNAMENT CLASH AT NO. 24 KENTUCKY

Kickoff for the opening round NCAA Tournament match is 7 p.m.

08/14/2014

Fall Season Preview

Head Coach, Eric Pogue and Senior Joey Tinnion discuss the upcoming Fall Season

05/07/2014

Fall Schedule

Men's Soccer Coach, Eric Pogue discusses the upcoming Fall Schedule

05/07/2014

Spring Season Recap

Men's Soccer Coach, Eric Pogue discusses the Spring Season

02/12/2014

Recruits

Men's Soccer Head Coach, Eric Pogue discusses his new recruits

01/15/2014

2013 Season Recap

Head men's soccer coach Eric Pogue recaps the 2013 season with Neal Ruhl

11/15/2014

Oakland men's soccer vs. Wright State, 11/15/14

Oakland captured the 2014 Horizon League Men's Soccer Championship with a 2-1 win over Wright State Nov. 15.

10/18/2014

Oakland vs. Belmont

The men's soccer team took on Belmont Saturday night at the Oakland Soccer Field.

10/30/2013

Oakland vs. UIC

The men's soccer team faced UIC on Senior night at the OU Soccer Field

09/26/2012

Oakland vs Duquesne - Sept. 26, 2012

Matt Dudley scored the golden-goal in double-OT as Oakland beat Dusquesne 2-1 at the OU Soccer Field on Sept. 26, 2012

11/05/2011

Oakland vs. IUPUI

Oakland wins against IUPUI 2-0 at the OU Soccer Field on November 5.

THE ERIC POGUE FILE
SIX SEASONS AT OAKLAND
Overall 50-49-16 (.504)
League
25-7-9 (.720)
Coach of the Year 2009, 2012, 2014
NCAA Appearances 2010, 2014
LEAGUE TITLES
2009 Regular Season 5-0-1
2010

Third

2-1-3 Tournament
Champions
2012

Regular Season

6-1-1
2014

Regular Season

5-0-3 Tournament Champions

Eric Pogue recently concluded his sixth season as the head coach at Oakland. The 2014 season was a banner year for Coach Pogue as he led the Golden Grizzlies to a 2-0 victory over No. 24 Kentucky in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, the first win in the NCAA College Cup since 2007, before falling to No. 3 seed Michigan State, 1-0, in the second round. Oakland captured its first-ever Horizon League regular season crown with an undefeated 5-0-3 record, the first undefeated league season since 2009, and won its first-ever Horizon League Tournament Championship on Nov. 15, 2-1, against Wright State at the Oakland Soccer Field. It was the first time since 2007 Oakland won both the regular season and tournament titles in the same year. Coach Pogue was named the 2014 Horizon League Coach of the Year, his third conference coach of the year honor in six season at the helm. In 2013, Pogue led Oakland into its first season in the Horizon League to a 4-2-1 record, hosted Oakland's first-ever Horizon League game on Sept. 6 against Valparaiso and won its first league game on Sept. 28 at Cleveland State. Pogue led the 2012 Golden Grizzlies to a regular season league title and was named Summit League Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.

As the head coach at OU, Pogue has won over 70 percent of his league matches, with a 25-7-9 record in both Horizon League and Summit League play. He has won three regular season titles and two league tournament championships. The Golden Grizzlies have an overall record of 50-49-16 under his direction, while playing one of the toughest non-conference schedule in the countries.

Pogue is in his 13th season overall at Oakland, having served for seven years as an assistant coach from 2002-08.

In the 2010, the Golden Grizzlies won The Summit League Tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament. It was the third Summit League Tournament title in OU program history and the first under Pogue's direction.

In his first season in charge at OU, Pogue was named Summit League Coach of the Year. Oakland posted a 5-1-1 league record and finished 9-5-3 overall, while winning The Summit League regular season title.

Pogue also serves as an assistant head coach for a pair of youth teams at Vardar Academy, where he won a under-18 US Developmental Academy National Championship in 2010. Pogue also serves as a head coach for a pair of youth teams in the Vardar Soccer Club, working with the 1994 and 1996 age groups, as well as serving as the goalkeeping director of the club. He has served on the US Region II Regional ODP staff since 2005 and is also a member of the Michigan State ODP staff. Pogue holds a USSF "B" coaching license and received his USSF National Goalkeeper license in 2009.

A fifth-round pick in the 2001 MLS Super Draft by the New England Revolution, Pogue came to Oakland after playing stints with the Revolution and the Dallas Burn. Pogue has continued his playing career in the USL Premier Development League. His PDL experience began in 1996 with a two-season stint for the Detroit Dynamite before moving to the Bucks' club in 1998-2000 and for the 2002 season. His continuous PDL play to date includes two seasons with the Toledo Slayers (2003-04) and the 2005 season with the Chicago Fire Premier, earning the All-PDL Goalkeeper award for five seasons. Pogue has played for the Kalamazoo Kingdom/TKO of the PDL for the past two summers.

Prior to Oakland, Pogue served as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, Western Michigan University. He has also been working as a goalkeeper trainer since 1994 with area high schools, the Troy Premier Soccer Association, TKO Soccer Club of Portage/Kalamazoo, Bloomfield Hills Soccer Club and the Michigan Bucks. In addition, Pogue has served as either a camp director or coach at the Detroit Country Day Academy, Midwest Soccer Camps, Michigan Bucks Soccer School, Western Michigan, Oakland and Detroit Rockers Soccer Camp.

A Troy Athens High School standout, Pogue played four years at WMU after redshirting at Oakland in 1995. Pogue started all four seasons for the Broncos and was named team captain and earned MVP honors for his final three seasons. He graduated from WMU in 2000 with a Bachelor's degree in finance and accounting and also holds an MBA from Oakland.

In addition to his coaching and recruiting duties, Pogue also serves as the head camp director for the summer program that serves more than 900 campers each year.

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