ROCHESTER HILLS — Oakland women’s soccer head coach Nick O’Shea has resigned, announced by Director of Athletics Tracy Huth on Monday. O’Shea spent 19 seasons at the helm and led the Golden Grizzlies to seven NCAA tournaments.
“I want to thank Oakland University for the opportunity to coach and work with all the exceptional student-athletes, coaches and staff during my tenure,” said O’Shea. “I feel like I am leaving the program well positioned for continued success and appreciate the commitment of all the current and former student-athletes that have played for me over the years. I also want to thank all my assistant coaches for their dedication over the years. I am looking forward to new opportunities.”
“On behalf of the University, the Athletics staff and our student-athletes, I extend appreciation to Nick for his years of commitment to the Oakland women’s soccer program,” said Huth. “During Nick’s time as coach, women’s soccer achieved high levels of success that we believe will continue in the future. I wish Nick and his family success in all their future endeavors.”
O’Shea is the most successful coach in Summit League history, accumulating 15 league titles in 14 seasons (seven regular season and eight league tournaments). He was named Coach of the Year three times and led Oakland to the NCAA second round in 2012 with a 3-1 PK win over No. 4 Ohio State in Columbus.
O’Shea played collegiate soccer at OU in 1982 and 1983. In both seasons the Pioneers advanced to the NCAA Division II semifinals. An All-Region player in 1983, O’Shea was inducted into the Hollie L. Lepley Hall of Honor in 2008.
A search for a women’s soccer head coach will commence immediately.