ROCHESTER, Mich. - 2010 Oakland Hall of Honor inductee Paul Doroh will join the men’s soccer coaching staff for the 2016 season announced head men’s soccer coach Eric Pogue on Thursday.
"We are super excited about the addition of Paul to our coaching staff this fall,” said coach Pogue. “Paul is someone that bleeds Oakland black and gold, both as a Pioneer and now as a Golden Grizzly. Most importantly, he will be a great role model for our young men and coaching staff as he epitomizes everything that Oakland athletics and Oakland soccer stands for with his knowledge, passion, attitude and work ethic.”
"I'm excited to join the coaching staff at Oakland. Having been part of Oakland's soccer program as a player makes this a homecoming of sorts,” said Doroh. “I'm looking forward to working hard to help honor and maintain the winning tradition that is Oakland men's soccer. A special thank you to those who have provided me with this opportunity and support throughout my playing and coaching career."
Prior to Oakland, Doroh was a member of the Saginaw Valley State men's soccer coaching staff under the direction of former Oakland assistant coach, Andy Wagstaff where he helped guide the 2015 Cardinals to a 15-4-1 overall record and 12-2-0 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) mark.
“Paul will be involved in all aspects of our program on and off the field,” added Pogue. “His main focus early on will be working with our defenders in addition to continuing to forge strong connections and relationships with our alumni across the Pioneer and Golden Grizzly decades of soccer excellence."
Doroh, a four-year starter and two-time All-GLIAC selection, helped lead the men's soccer team to a pair of national championship game appearances (1994 - Tampa, Florida, 1996 - Phoenix, Arizona) and was one of the top defenders ever to play at Oakland. During his senior camping in 1996, Doroh was elected team captain garnering All-America and All-Region honors as a part of the record-setting defense that posted seven consecutive shutouts, 738 consecutive shutout minutes and 14 total shutouts. He was invited to participate in the Umbro Senior Bowl and attended the MLS combine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
After his collegiate career, Doroh played professionally in Savannah, Georgia and later returned to Michigan playing with the Michigan Bucks and Detroit Rockers.
He is a USSF National “C” Licensed coach and also serves as an assistant coach for Liverpool International Academy Michigan (formerly Force FC) and the Michigan Stars.
Doroh earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Oakland in 2001 and graduated from the Thomas Cooley Law School (cum laude) with a Juris Doctor Degree. He and his wife Stacy have seven children.