ROCHESTER, Mich. -- The Oakland men's soccer team and head coach Eric Pogue announced on Friday his 2015 coaching staff. Current assistant coach Stephen Gorton has been promoted to Associate Head Coach, while Armen Tonianse, Steve Seargeant and Joey Tinnion have joined the coaching staff.
Tonianse becomes the assistant coach and comes to Oakland from the Springfield Demize of the Premier Development League (PDL) where he has been a part of the program since 2007. He played four years at Western Illinois from 2001-04 and compiled a 5-1-2 record in 2003. After graduating, Tonianse became the assistant coach the next season for his alma mater for three seasons before transitioning to the PDL. He will primarily work with the goalkeepers.
Oakland soccer fans will remember the name Steve Seargeant as he was an assistant coach under both Pogue and former coach Gary Parsons for over 20 years. He rejoins the staff as a volunteer assistant. Over his time at Oakland, he was a member of five NCAA Tournament teams, including the program's first win in 2007, and also two NCAA Division II runner-up teams. A native of Liverpool, England, Seargeant played soccer professionally for 16 years with Everton F.C. He has been a camp coach and clinician since retiring from the professional ranks in 1982. Seargeant's primary focus will be working with the backline.
Tinnion will move from player to undergraduate assistant as he finished his final season as a member of the Golden Grizzlies in 2014. He helped Oakland to a Horizon League regular season and tournament championship last season en route to the program's sixth NCAA Tournament appearance. He is a two-time All-Horizon League selection and was also named to the Capital One Academic All-District 5 Team in 2013. Tinnion closed his four-year career with 17 goals and nine assists.