Stephen Gorton | Associate Head Coach
Stephen Gorton enters his sixth season on the Oakland men's soccer coaching staff in 2016 and was named associate head coach recruiting coordinator prior to the 2015 season. The former standout player from Western Illinois came to Oakland after spending four years as the head coach at Garden City Community College (Kan.) in 2011. Gorton also serves as Director of Coaching for the Royal Oak Soccer Club, Technical Director for Vardar U15-18 Boys and Oakland Soccer Camps Director.
Since his arrival, Gorton has helped guide Oakland to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and Horizon League Tournament titles in 2014 and 2015 including two Horizon League and one Summit League regular season titles. He has also helped the team to a 19-6-6 conference record, 19-9-6 home mark along while improving the team's RPI 119 spots from 2011 (187), 2012 (112), 2013 (108), 2014 (72), to 2015 (65).
Gorton was recently named one of the nation’s top assistant coaches by College Soccer News. The online publication annually seeks to recognize assistant coaches across the country who are excelling at their work and listed Gorton as one of 12 difference makers who are making an impact.
Gorton coached six All-Horizon Team selections including Co-Offensive Player of the Year Austin Ricci in 2015 and helped Oakland’s 2016 class receive a College Soccer News 4-star rating.
After leading Garden City CC to the Final Four of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament in 2008 in addition to a Region VI Championship, Gorton 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 tenure at GCCC Gorton trained 33 All-Conference Players, 30 All-Region, five NSCAA All-South, five NJCAA All-Americans, two NSCAA All-Americans, two KJCCC Players of the Year and two Freshmen of the Year honorees. He constantly had his teams in the top 15 in the country for three straight years and was ranked as high as No. 3. His teams compiled an overall record of 56-21-3 (71%), conference record of 55-11-1 (82%) and home record of 41-5-0 (89%).
Prior to Garden City CC, Gorton was an assistant coach at WIU helping guide the team featuring current Major League Soccer player Kosuke Kimura to the 2004 Mid-Continent Conference Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance.
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, a native of Mattawan, Mich., lives in Royal Oak, Mich. with his wife, the former Andrea Fernandez, daughter Sparrow and dog Cue.
Paul Doroh | Assistant Coach
2010 Oakland Hall of Honor inductee, Paul Doroh joined the men’s soccer coaching staff for the 2016 season.
Prior to Oakland, Doroh was a member of the Saginaw Valley State men's soccer coaching staff in 2015 under the direction of former Oakland assistant coach, Andy Wagstaff where he helped guide the Cardinals to a 15-4-1 overall record and 12-2-0 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) mark.
Doroh 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, 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.
Doroh began his career with Force FC in 1997-98 leading the club’s 1989 Girl’s team to several State Cup Championships and back-to-back USYSA National Champions in 2007 and 2008.
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.
Armen Tonianse | Volunteer Assistant Coach
Armen Tonianse looks to bring his knowledge and experience in his second season as Goalkeeper and Assistant Coach under Head Coach Eric Pogue and Associate Head Coach Steve Gorton. He currently holds USSF National 'C' Coaching License bringing with him experience at the youth, collegiate and semi-professional levels.
At the semi-professional level, Tonianse served as head coach for three seasons, assistant coach for six seasons and goalkeeper coach for four seasons with the Springfield Demize PDL team (rebranded to Springfield Synergy FC in 2015). With the Springfield Demize, he had the pleasure in developing and coaching players such as Nikola Katic (Pittsburg Riverhounds-USL Pro), Peter Higgins (Waterford United Football Club-Ireland), Ben Griffiths (Tindastoll-Iceland) and Trevor Spangenberg (New England Revolution-MLS).
At the collegiate level, Tonianse served as a graduate assistant/goalkeeper coach at Western Illinois University under Head Coach Eric Johnson helping the Leathernecks win their third straight conference championship and third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament Championship.
Tonianse has also trained and coached men and women high school level players developing them for the collegiate level while assisting and preparing them for collegiate searches and the recruitment processes. During this time, Tonianse has also served as the goalkeeper instructor at the 2013-2015 Oakland University High School Boys Elite Camp, head goalkeeper coach for the Canadian Valley Futbol Club (training keepers from U9-U18) and assistant coach for the Yukon HS girls soccer program.
At the youth level, Tonianse has served as head pro coach with the Total Demize Soccer Club focusing on developing base skills needed for youth to excel as they mature and develop.
Tonianse also brings with him an extensive playing experience. At the age of 17, he trained with Division II professional side Club Regates Brazil in Maceio, Brazil. He returned to Oklahoma to finish his high school education and was granted a scholarship to Western Illinois University competing at the NCAA Division I level. As a player at WIU, he helped the Leathernecks make several conference tournaments appearances including their first conference championship and NCAA Championship Tournament berth in 2004.
In the summer months, Tonianse continued playing in Canada with United Soccer Leagues (USL) Premiere Development League (PDL) side Thunder Bay Chill. As a goalkeeper, Tonianse helped the Chill set records for most wins in a season in 2003 and 2004 and he currently ranks third in most goalkeeper minutes played in franchise history. He has also made appearances with the Springfield Demize in the PDL and Premiere Arena Soccer League (PASL).
Tonianse earned a Master of Science Degree in RPTA with emphasis on sport and facility management in 2006 and Bachelors of Science Degree in RPTA with emphasis on youth sports programming in 2004 both from Western Illinois.
John Timm | Director of Soccer Operations
→ 2nd Year Graduate Assistant at Oakland University (2014-Present)
→ Former player at Oakland University
→ Force FC Staff Coach (2013-2014)
→ Michigan Impact Staff Coach (2014- Present)
→ USSF D National License
Joey Tinnion | Graduate Assistant
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Morgan Spann | Camp Manager
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Steve Seargeant | Camp Staff
Steve Seargeant served as an assistant coach at OU for 20 seasons, including his final two as an assistant to coach Eric Pogue. He spent 18 years as an assistant coach under Gary Parsons, including 12 years as the top assistant coach before he moved to the second assistant coach position beginning in the 2002 season. Seargeant, who was Parsons' assistant in 1984, began his second stint at Oakland University in 1992.
The Oakland soccer program has seen great success in Seargeant's tenure, making it to five NCAA Division I Tournament appearances. He also helped guide Oakland to a pair of NCAA Division II Tournament Finals and saw OU ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation at the NCAA Division II level.
In addition to his duties with the Golden Grizzlies varsity soccer program, Seargeant assisted with the Michigan Novi Jaguars.
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 holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "D" License, his other coaching stints include the Detroit Sport Club, Michigan Selects, Vardar Academy and the North Metro Rangers club program.
As a youth, Seargeant had the honor of playing in historic Wembley National Stadium for England's under-16 national team.
In the summer of 1994, Seargeant served as a correspondent for USA Today, covering the World Cup games held in the Pontiac Silverdome.
Coaching Staff will include current Oakland University Men’s Soccer staff, OU Men’s Soccer Players, and other current coaches in various divisions NCAA D.1, D.2, D.3, NAIA, and Junior College.