June 14, 2012
ROCHESTER, Mich. – Stephen Gorton and Andrew Wagstaff will serve as assistants with the Oakland men’s soccer team for the 2012 season starting in August, head coach Eric Pogue announced on Wednesday. Gorton will assume the position previously held by Jason Perry, while Wagstaff will assume assitant coaching responsibilities after serving as the team’s volunteer coach during the spring season.
"I am excited to announce the promotion of Stephen and the hiring of Andrew Wagstaff as assistant men's soccer coach here at Oakland," said Pogue.
Gorton served as an assistant coach with Oakland last season where he helped the team finish the regular season with back-to-back shutout victories to earn a spot in The Summit League Championship. As a former head coach at the junior college level, he has also been integral in assisting with recruiting efforts the 2012 season and beyond. Gorton came to OU after serving as the head coach at Garden City Community College in Kansas, where he led his team the semifinals of the NJCAA National Tournament.
"In his first season at Oakland, Stephen has proven that he is a great young soccer coach with a work ethic that is second to none,” said Pogue. “He has a strong desire to help take Oakland men's soccer to new heights of success at the NCAA Division I level. He is an excellent trainer of the team, tireless recruiter, and great communicator with the players which is a ideal formula for success."
Wagstaff will assume new responsibilities after serving as a volunteer assistant with the team during the spring season. He joined Oakland after spending two seasons as an assistant with the Michigan men’s soccer team. He is a former high school and youth coach, who also spent a season assisting coach Nick O’Shea on the Oakland women’s soccer staff. Wagstaff is a graduate of OU who helped lead the team to a pair of NCAA Final Fourappearances including the championship match in 1994.
"We are extremely excited about adding Andrew to our staff as an assistant coach,” said Pogue. “He has been an excellent coach at a number of high-levels of soccer throughout his career. As an Oakland soccer alumnus from the early 1990s, he brings a wealth of energy and enthusiasm for OU soccer that is infectious and contagious within our program."
Oakland has a history of soccer success, with eight Summit League regular season titles and five trips to the NCAA Tournament in their first 13 seasons of Division I competition. During his first three seasons in charge, Pogue has won both a regular season and tournament championship and was the 2009 Summit League Coach of the Year.
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