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Lisa Stone (born August 13, 1962) is the current head women's basketball coach at Saint Louis University, having been hired on May 4, 2012. Her previous head coaching position had been at Wisconsin, a post from which she had been fired in March 2011.
Prior to her position with the Badgers, she was head coach at Drake University. In her coaching career, she has compiled a 397–151 record. She has won conference Coach of the Year honors at both schools, as well as with UW-Eau Claire.
Prior to Drake, she built one of the top NCAA Division III programs in the nation at UW–Eau Claire. The two-time Division III national coach of the year and five-time Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) coach of the year took a program that had only one winning season in its history and guided 11 squads to 20-win seasons and 11 appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament. She compiled a 277–59 (.824) record in her 12 seasons at Eau Claire, which ranks second all-time for most wins in the league's history.
In each of Stone's last nine seasons at UW–Eau Claire, the Blugolds won at least 22 games and never lost more than six. In 1997, Stone led the Blugolds to the NCAA Division III national championship game, losing by two points to New York University. In 1999–2000, Stone's final year at Eau Claire, the Blugolds compiled the best record in school history, winning their first 28 games before falling in the Division III NCAA Sweet 16 to the eventual national champion.
Stone began her coaching career at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where she compiled a 34–32 record in three years as head coach from 1985 to 1988. At 23, she was the youngest four-year college coach in the nation when she led the Rams to three consecutive Southern Division titles in the Midwest Conference.
In high school, she earned four letters each in tennis, basketball, and track. She led the Class A Oregon Panthers to the Wisconsin state basketball tournament in 1979 and 1980, earning first-team all-state honors as a senior and second-team recognition as a junior.
She played college basketball at the University of Iowa from 1980 to 1984, where she earned her bachelor's degree in 1984. She added a master’s degree in athletic administration from Iowa in 1986. At Iowa, she played for future Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer. She was a four-year standout at point guard, scoring 1,129 points, which ranks 14th in Iowa history.
She is tied for sixth on Iowa's career steals chart with 177, ranks seventh in career assists (322) and 23rd in career rebounds (331). She also owns a share of the school record for steals in a game (9). She was named the team captain three times, and the team's Most Valuable Player twice. She won the 1984 Big Ten Medal of Honor, recognizing her as one of the top scholar-athletes in the conference.
She and her husband Ed, a certified public accountant, are the parents of Allison (18) and Tyler (15).
- "Lisa Stone Named Head Women’s Basketball Coach" (Press release). Saint Louis University Athletics. May 4, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
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- Manoyan, Dan (2000-05-09). "Stone steps in to Drake basketball". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-03-17.