Lisa Stone

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Lisa Stone (born August 14, 1962)[1] is the head women's basketball coach at Saint Louis University.[2]


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,[3] 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.[3]

She became head coach at Drake University in May, 2000[4] and then head coach at Wisconsin in March of 2003,[5] a post from which she was fired in March 2011.[6]

Stone was hired as head women's basketball coach at Saint Louis University on May 4, 2012.

In her coaching career, Stone has compiled a 397–151 record. She has won conference Coach of the Year honors at both[clarification needed] schools, as well as with UW-Eau Claire.[7]

Personal life[edit]

She and her husband Ed, a certified public accountant, are the parents of Allison (18) and Tyler (15).

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
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
2002–2003 Drake 16-12 11-7 4th
Drake: 64–27 (.703) 42–12 (.778)
Wisconsin (Big Ten Conference) (2003–2011)
2003–2004 Wisconsin 10-17 4-12 T-8th
2004–2005 Wisconsin 12-16 5-11 8th
2005–2006 Wisconsin 11-18 5-11 9th
2006–2007 Wisconsin 23-13 7-9 T-5th WNIT Runner-Up
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)
2012–2013 Saint Louis 12-19 5-9 T-10th
2013–2014 Saint Louis 12-18 7-9 10th
2014–2015 Saint Louis 15-16 7-9 T-8th
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)
Total: 593–307 (.659)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Lisa Stone Named Head Women’s Basketball Coach" (Press release). Saint Louis University Athletics. May 4, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Manoyan, Dan (2000-05-09). "Stone steps in to Drake basketball". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  4. ^ "Drake hires UW-EC coach". D3hoops. 2000-05-01. Retrieved 2017-05-17. 
  5. ^ "Stone Named Women's Basketball Coach". University of Wisconsin. Retrieved 2017-05-17. 
  6. ^ "Lisa Stone fired as Badger women's basketball coach". Retrieved 2017-05-17. 
  7. ^ Punzel, Dennis (2010-03-01). "Wisconsin's Stone named Big Ten's top coach". LaCrosse Tribune. Retrieved 2010-03-17.