Gerald Ben, Austin Ricci, Alec Greene, Wes Mink, Zachary Walker, Jayden Heyer and Brian Steele will join OU in the Fall of 2014
Four more players signed NLIs before the start of the season
Stephen Gorton and Andrew Wagstaff will be the team's assistant coaches for the 2012 season.
The Golden Grizzlies inked four freshmen and two junior college transfers.
Matt Dudley scored the golden-goal in double-OT as Oakland beat Dusquesne 2-1 at the OU Soccer Field on Sept. 26, 2012
Stephen Gorton joined the Oakland men's soccer coaching staff during the 2011 season. The former standout player from Western Illinois comes to Oakland after spending the previous four seasons as the head coach at Garden City Community College (Kan.). He was promoted to first assistant in 2012 and serves as Director of Oakland Soccer Camps, and is an assistant coach for U14 and U16 Vardar Academy.
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.