Josh Oakley
Josh Oakley
Title: Head Men's Soccer Coach
Phone: 989-463-7352
Email: [email protected]
At Alma Since: 2010
Alma Mater: Monmouth (Ill.), 1998

After being named Head Coach in 2010, Oakley has rebuilt the once dominant Scots program. 

The 2016 season built on the great success of the previous year. Oakley coached the team to a 14-6-1 overall record, the most wins since 1999 Final Four team. The Scots also reached the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) tournament for the third straight year and the MIAA Championship game for the second straight year. Alma not only finished the season second in the conference, but also achieved its highest regional ranking in 15 years (ninth). The Scots went 8-1-1 at Scotland Yard, the program's best home record since the venue opened in 2002. The team posted one of the best statistical defensive seasons in the nation. It finished fifth in Division III in save percentage and sixth in shutout percentage as it recorded 13 shutouts during the year. Following the season, six of Oakley's players were named to one of three All-Conference teams, led by defenseman Kyle Kansman who was not only named First-Team All-MIAA for the second time, but also achieved All-Central Region Second-Team honors by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) (the third straight year one of Oakley's players has achieved the honor), NSCAA Scholar All-American Third-Team recognition and a spot on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) All-District Team.

The 2015 campaign proved the most successful soccer season in 16 years. The 12-7-1 mark was capped off with a run to the Scots' first ever MIAA championship game appearance. The team set a new standard early in the preseason by facing top 25 teams from NCAA Division I and II in two exhibition contests. After these matches, the Scots started the regular season with a perfect 3-0 record. The MIAA season opened with a decisive 3-1 victory at Hope College, the first win for the Scots in Holland since 2003. After a 5-1 start to the season the Scots appeared in the NSCAA Central Region Top 10 for the first time in 15 years. The team either appeared in or received votes for six consecutive weeks. Alma posted a 4-3-1 record at Scotland Yard - the first winning record there since the park opened in 2002. Alma saw individual accolades roll in at the end of the season. Seven players were named to the All-MIAA team which was an all-time program record while another one of Oakley’s players, Kyle Kansman, was named NSCAA All-Region, marking the second successive-season an Alma player was awarded the honor. The Scots were again at the top of the discipline chart, taking only 12 yellow cards during the season. 

In the fall 2014 season, Oakley’s fourth season, the Scots qualified for their first ever MIAA post-season tournament. The season started with a 0-0 result on the road against #23 Rose Hulman, who made an NCAA tournament sweet sixteen appearance the year prior. Alma closed the year with an 8-8-3 mark, which was the first back-to-back .500 or better seasons since 2000. While qualifying for the MIAA semifinals, the Scots posted a 7-6-1 league record going unbeaten in the last two weeks of the regular season. Defender, Trae Pitts became the first Alma player to be named to the NSCAA All-Region team in a decade, earning second team honors.

The 2013 season was a turning point for Oakley and the Scots program. The team went 9-8-1 to post its first winning season in 13 years and were in the MIAA playoff race until the last kick of the ball in the regular season. Alma went a perfect 4-0 in non-conference play recording a signature 3-2 win at home to national power #21 North Park University (Ill.). The Scots ranked number one in the MIAA discipline chart, taking just 15 yellow cards all season. They also received votes for the NSCAA Central Region Top 10 in back to back weeks, and were ranked 39th in the D3.com week four national poll.

In just Oakley’s second year, during the 2012 campaign, the Scots posted a four game win streak and received votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Central Region poll for the first time in thirteen seasons.

Oakley came to Alma after serving as Head Men’s Soccer Coach at NAIA institution, Asbury College, from 2002-2010. While at Asbury, he reconstructed a program that had endured thin years throughout the 80’s and 90’s. His 2002 team finished the season with a 9-9-2 mark, marking Asbury’s first .500 season in 17 years. In 2005, the Eagles enjoyed their first winning season since 1981 going 12-8-1 and finishing as runners up in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC).  Oakley earned the honor and was named KIAC Coach of the Year in 2005. In 2006 Asbury won the NCCAA Mid-East Region and advanced to the National Tournament. Oakley then led the 2007 squad into uncharted waters as they captured the KIAC championship for the first time in program history and moved on to the NAIA Region XII tournament while attaining a top five regional ranking. The 2009 season Asbury captured their second conference crown in three years, while the team missed qualification for the NAIA National Tournament by the narrowest of margins falling 2-1 to the 2002 National Champions, University of Mobile. Oakley was again named the KIAC Coach of the Year in 2009.

Prior to his tenure at Asbury, Oakley was the Top Assistant Coach at Eastern Illinois University from 2000-2002. While Oakley was at Eastern Illinois, the team garnered an 18-16-1 record, competing in the prestigious Missouri Valley Conference. During that season, Oakley helped coach EIU’s Jason Thompson to the NCAA Division I scoring title (21 goals). Thompson would eventually be drafted by the MLS’s Dallas Burn, and go on to win the 2004 MLS Cup with DC United.

Oakley played collegiate soccer at Indiana Wesleyan University and Monmouth College. While on scholarship at Indiana Wesleyan, he helped the team to a Mid-Central conference title, district championship and a Top 25 national ranking. Oakley was one of four players to play in every match and finished the 1994 season third in scoring. He also helped Monmouth to its first ever Midwest Conference South Division Championship in 1996. For his efforts at Monmouth, he was named a two-time All-Midwest first team selection. He earned most valuable player and captain honors while he was the team’s leading goal scorer his junior and senior seasons. He finished his three-year campaign at Monmouth as the program’s third leading goal-scorer of all-time.

Oakley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education with a Business Administration minor from Monmouth College (Ill.) and a Master of Science in Sports Administration in 2000 from Eastern Illinois University. He is married to Jasmine Simington and the couple resides in DeWitt, Michigan.