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In high school, Stone 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 a 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.
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.
She then was head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she became the two-time Division III national coach of the year and five-time Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) coach of the year. She compiled a 277–59 (.824) record in 12 seasons at Eau Claire, which ranks second all-time for most wins in the league's history. Her teams had 11 20-win seasons and 11 appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament. In 1997, Stone led the Blugolds to the NCAA Division III national championship game, losing to New York University.
Stone was hired as head women's basketball coach at Saint Louis University on May 4, 2012.
She and her husband Ed, a certified public accountant, are the parents of Allison (18) and Tyler (15).
Head coaching record
|Cornell College (Midwest Conference) (1985–1988)|
|1985–88||Cornell College||34–32||3x Midwest Champions|
|Cornell College:||34–32 (.515)|
|Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1988–2000)|
|1988–2000||WEC||277-59||11 NCAA Appearances|
|Wisconsin-Eau Claire:||277–59 (.824)|
|Drake (Missouri Valley Conference) (2000–2003)|
|2000–2001||Drake||23-7||16-2||T-1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|2001–2002||Drake||25-8||15-3||2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|Drake:||64–27 (.703)||42–12 (.778)|
|Wisconsin (Big Ten Conference) (2003–2011)|
|2007–2008||Wisconsin||16-14||9-9||T-7th||WNIT First Round|
|2008–2009||Wisconsin||19-15||6-12||T-7th||WNIT Third Round|
|2009–2010||Wisconsin||21-11||10-8||T-3rd||NCAA 1st Round|
|2010–2011||Wisconsin||16-15||10-6||T-3rd||WNIT First Round|
|Wisconsin:||128–119 (.518)||56–78 (.418)|
|St. Louis (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2012–present)|
|2015–2016||Saint Louis||26-8||13-3||T-1st||WNIT Sweet Sixteen|
|2016–2017||Saint Louis||25-9||12-4||T-2nd||WNIT Second Round|
|Saint Louis:||90–70 (.563)||44–34 (.564)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
- "Lisa Stone Named Head Women’s Basketball Coach" (Press release). Saint Louis University Athletics. May 4, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
- Manoyan, Dan (2000-05-09). "Stone steps in to Drake basketball". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
- "Drake hires UW-EC coach". D3hoops. 2000-05-01. Retrieved 2017-05-17.
- "Stone Named Women's Basketball Coach". University of Wisconsin. Retrieved 2017-05-17.
- "Lisa Stone fired as Badger women's basketball coach". Retrieved 2017-05-17.
- Punzel, Dennis (2010-03-01). "Wisconsin's Stone named Big Ten's top coach". LaCrosse Tribune. Retrieved 2010-03-17.