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.
Matt Dudley scored the golden-goal in double-OT as Oakland beat Dusquesne 2-1 at the OU Soccer Field on Sept. 26, 2012
Andrew Wagstaff joins the Oakland men's soccer staff as an assistant coach for the 2012 season. Wagstaff spent the spring season working as a volunteer assistant with the OU program and is a 1994 graduate, who helped lead the Black and Gold to a pair of NCAA Division II Final Four appearances as a player.
"We are extremely excited about adding Andrew to our coaching staff," said Pogue."Andrew 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 soccerthat is infectious and contagious within our program."
In his new position, Wagstaff will lead daily team training sessions. He will be responsible for scouting opponents, will spearhead OU's international recruiting efforts and will lead men's soccer alumni relations for the Golden Grizzlies.
"I am thrilled and honored with the opportunity to join the Oakland men's soccer program," said Wagstaff. "Being part of this soccer powerhouse program, with the opportunity to work with these excellent student-athletes alongside great coaches, was an offer I simply could not refuse."
Wagstaff joins Oakland after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Michigan. During his time on the sidelines, the Wolverines won the 2010 Big Ten Championship and reached the NCAA College Cup semifinal. He helped coach U-M to a school-record 17-5-3 record. Wagstaff has also been an assistant for the Michigan Bucks of the Professional Development League and the OU women's soccer team. Prior to coaching in the U.S. he served as an academy coach for Bolton Wanderers FC from 1998-99.
In addition to his collegiate and professional coaching experience, Wagstaff has a history and success at the high school and club levels. He served as the Director of Coaching and President for the Bloomfield Force Soccer Club. Wagstaff helped lead the U18 girls to the 2007 USYSA National Championship and earned the title of 2007 NSCAA Midwest Girls Coach of the Year. He won the 2008 Michigan State Cup with his boy's U19 team. Wagstaff coached the Lahser High School men's varsity team to the MHSAA Division II State Championship in 1999 and runner-up honors in 2002. Wagstaff was the 1999 Division II Michigan High School Coach of the Year.
As a four-year letterwinner at OU Wagstaff helped lead the then Pioneers to the NCAA Division II championship match in 1994 and the NCAA semifinals in 1991. He was an NSCAA Athletic Academic All-American in 1992 and was named to the 1994 Umbro All-Midwest College Select team.
Following his career at Oakland, Wagstaff continued played professional indoor soccer for the Detroit Neon and Detroit Rockers. He also played for the Michigan Bucks. As a youth, he played for the Bury Football Club and the Huddersfield Town AFC in the English Second Division.
Wagstaff currently resides in Novi, Mich. with his wife Lindsey.
What They're Saying About Andrew Wagstaff
Steve Burns, Michigan head coach for 12 years
"Andy is hardwired to be a soccer coach and as his track record shows he is very, very good at it. His passion and knowledge for the game are unparalleled and he's a great teacher and excellent clinician. He's a top shelf recruiter that has great international connections and as an Oakland alum, he has extra incentive to see the program to new heights."
Gary Parsons, Oakland head coach for 28 years and current Michigan Bucks head coach
"I am really excited to hear that Andy has been offered and has accepted the position of assistant men's soccer coach at Oakland. Andy has deep ties to the soccer programat OU as a former player there and brings a strong set of coaching credentials as well. Andy worked for me as my assistant with the Michigan Bucks and did a great job with the players. He has stronginstincts in the game and has solid relationship skills with the players. Andy will be a great asset to Eric and the program."
Nick O'Shea, Oakland head women's soccer coach
"It is going to be great having Andy around Oakland again. He was a great player at OU and did a great job as an assistant with the women's program. I am sure he will thrive with the men's program. Andy is passionate about coaching, has an eye for talent and is respected by the players."