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 last four seasons as the head coach at Garden City Community College.
After a successful first season as the team's assistant coach in charge of recruiting, Gorton was promoted to first assistant for 2012 and now oversees more responsibilities within the program.
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 team at or near the top of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) and produced 33 all-conference players during his four years at GCCC, including two KJCCC Player of the Year honorees.
Gorton is familiar with The Summit League having coached and played at Western Illinois University. 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 is a native of Mattawan, Mich. He comes to Oakland along with his wife, the former Andrea Fernandez, who had served as the head women's soccer coach at GCCC. The Andrea works with WAZA Soccer Club in addition to serving on the staff at the Oakland summer soccer camps.