Eric Pogue recently concluded his seventh season as the head coach at Oakland.
In 2015, Pogue lead the Golden Grizzlies to thier third NCAA tournament berth, and third conference
tournament championship in his head coaching tenure. Oakland was defeated in their NCAA tournament first round matchup with Dayton in penalty kicks after finishing double overtime tied 2-2. Leading up to the NCAA tournament, Oakland entered the Horizon League tournament as the second seed, and proceeded to not allow a single goal in the tournament, on thier way to securing the Horizon League Tournament title for a second consecutive season. Under his guidance, six Oakland student-athletes were named to All-League teams, and Austin Ricci was named Horizon League Co-Offensive Player of the Year.
The 2014 season was also a successful year for Coach Pogue as he led the Golden Grizzlies to a 2-0 victory over No. 24 Kentucky in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, the first win in the NCAA College Cup since 2007, before falling to No. 3 seed Michigan State, 1-0, in the second round. Oakland captured its first-ever Horizon League regular season crown with an undefeated 5-0-3 record, the first undefeated league season since 2009, and won its first-ever Horizon League Tournament Championship on Nov. 15, 2-1, against Wright State at the Oakland Soccer Field. It was the first time since 2007 Oakland won both the regular season and tournament titles in the same year. Coach Pogue was named the 2014 Horizon League Coach of the Year, his third conference coach of the year honor in six season at the helm.
In 2013, Pogue led Oakland into its first season in the Horizon League to a 4-2-1 record, hosted Oakland's first-ever Horizon League game on Sept. 6 against Valparaiso and won its first league game on Sept. 28 at Cleveland State. Pogue led the 2012 Golden Grizzlies to a regular season league title and was named Summit League Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.
As the head coach at Oakland, Pogue has won 75 percent of his league matches, with a 30-10-10 record in both Horizon League and Summit League play. He has won three regular season titles and three league tournament championships. The Golden Grizzlies have an overall record of 60-57-18 under his direction, while playing one of the toughest non-conference schedule in the countries.
Pogue is in his 14th season overall at Oakland, having served for seven years as an assistant coach from 2002-08.
In the 2010, the Golden Grizzlies won The Summit League Tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament. It was the third Summit League Tournament title in OU program history and the first under Pogue's direction.
In his first season in charge at OU, Pogue was named Summit League Coach of the Year. Oakland posted a 5-1-1 league record and finished 9-5-3 overall, while winning The Summit League regular season title.
Pogue also serves as an assistant head coach for a pair of youth teams at Vardar Academy, where he won a under-18 US Developmental Academy National Championship in 2010. Pogue also serves as a head coach for a pair of youth teams in the Vardar Soccer Club, working with the 1994 and 1996 age groups, as well as serving as the goalkeeping director of the club. He has served on the US Region II Regional ODP staff since 2005 and is also a member of the Michigan State ODP staff. Pogue holds a USSF "B" coaching license and received his USSF National Goalkeeper license in 2009.
A fifth-round pick in the 2001 MLS Super Draft by the New England Revolution, Pogue came to Oakland after playing stints with the Revolution and the Dallas Burn. Pogue has continued his playing career in the USL Premier Development League. His PDL experience began in 1996 with a two-season stint for the Detroit Dynamite before moving to the Bucks' club in 1998-2000 and for the 2002 season. His continuous PDL play to date includes two seasons with the Toledo Slayers (2003-04) and the 2005 season with the Chicago Fire Premier, earning the All-PDL Goalkeeper award for five seasons. Pogue has played for the Kalamazoo Kingdom/TKO of the PDL for the past two summers.
Prior to Oakland, Pogue served as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, Western Michigan University. He has also been working as a goalkeeper trainer since 1994 with area high schools, the Troy Premier Soccer Association, TKO Soccer Club of Portage/Kalamazoo, Bloomfield Hills Soccer Club and the Michigan Bucks. In addition, Pogue has served as either a camp director or coach at the Detroit Country Day Academy, Midwest Soccer Camps, Michigan Bucks Soccer School, Western Michigan, Oakland and Detroit Rockers Soccer Camp.
A Troy Athens High School standout, Pogue played four years at WMU after redshirting at Oakland in 1995. Pogue started all four seasons for the Broncos and was named team captain and earned MVP honors for his final three seasons. He graduated from WMU in 2000 with a Bachelor's degree in finance and accounting and also holds an MBA from Oakland.
In addition to his coaching and recruiting duties, Pogue also serves as the head camp director for the summer program that serves more than 900 campers each year.