Tom Stone (coach)

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Tom Stone
Sport(s) Soccer
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Texas Tech
Biographical details
Born Dallas, Texas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996
1997
1997-2000
2001-2003
2006-2007
2007-present
Denver (asst.)
Duke (asst.)
Colorado Rush
Atlanta Beat
Clemson (asst.)
Texas Tech
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Colorado Rush (youth) – 8 national championships

Tom Stone (born in Dallas, Texas) is the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders women’s soccer team. He played soccer as a youth, collegiately and professionally. Stone held various coaching positions before coming to Tech.

Playing career[edit]

Tom Stone played youth soccer for the Texas Longhorns in Dallas, where he was instrumental in seeing the team compete in the U.S. Youth Soccer finals. Later, he attended Duke University. As a player for the Duke Blue Devils, Stone scored the only goal in the 1986 National Championship game, giving his team the win over Akron. He went on to play professionally for three teams.[1][2][3]

Coaching career[edit]

Stone's first coaching job was as a part-time assistant at the University of Denver in 1996 and as a volunteer assistant at Duke in 1997. Then, from 1997–2000, Stone coached girl’s soccer for the Colorado Rush youth soccer club. Under his leadership, the team won 35 state cups, twelve regional championships and eight national championships. He left the Rush to coach professionally in the Women's United Soccer Association, leading the Atlanta Beat to the league’s inaugural championship game, losing in overtime on penalty kicks to the Bay Area CyberRays. He also provided soccer commentary for Fox Sports, ESPN and CBS College Sports Network.[1][4] Stone returned to college coaching when he was hired as an assistant for the Clemson Tigers. He spent a year there before taking the job at Texas Tech.[5][6]

Prior to his arrival at Texas Tech, the team had a record of 6–63–1 in Big 12 play. In Stone's first year and half as coach, the team has matched that record, going 6–5–1 in conference play.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tech Picks Stone as New Coach". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  2. ^ "Soccer: Division 1 Men’s" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  3. ^ "Clemson Tigers: Tom Stone Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  4. ^ "Beat sounded perfect to Stone". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  5. ^ "Texas Tech women's soccer program enters Stone age". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  6. ^ "Set in Stone: Tom Stone announced as new women's soccer coach". The Daily Toreador. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  7. ^ Ryan, Steven (2008-10-02). "Tech soccer earning respect in Big 12". The Daily Toreador. Retrieved 2008-10-02.