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HEAD COACH | SEVENTH SEASON | Tom Stone Photo Gallery
The winningest coach in program history, Tom Stone enters his seventh year at the helm of the Red Raiders as the 2013 season arrives. During his tenure in Lubbock, Stone has steadily built the Texas Tech soccer program into one of the top programs in the country.
Most recently, Texas Tech reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament during the historic 2012 season where the Red Raiders nearly toppled eventual Final Four participant Florida State forcing the Seminoles into double overtime in Tallahassee. In a back-and-forth match, the Red Raiders were one of just two schools in 2012 to take Florida State into overtime on its home field.
Under his guidance, the Red Raiders broke a school record for wins in a single season last year finishing the 2012 campaign with a 16-6 record and receiving a No. 25 postseason ranking in the final NSCAA poll. A school record four Red Raiders were selected to the All-Big 12 First Team while freshman sensation Janine Beckie went on to become the program's first-ever All-American.
During his six-year tenure, Stone has steadily built the program with a foundation of strong recruiting, annually bringing some of the top talent in the state and the country to Lubbock. With that talent pool, Stone has guided to Red Raiders to six consecutive Big 12 Tournament appearances during his tenure most recently reaching the tournament semifinals in 2012.
Not only has Stone built Texas Tech into a power on the field, but he has created an identity for the entire program - one that the Lubbock community has embraced. On fall Friday nights, thousands of fans flock to the John Walker Soccer Complex - one of the premier soccer facilities in the country. That embrace of the Texas Tech soccer program was never more evident than the 2011 season where a new standard for attendance was set. A total of 14,657 fans attended 11 home games during the 2011 season to help Tech rank No. 13 in the nation for average home attendance. Twice during the campaign the Red Raiders broke single-game attendance marks with an announced crowd of 2,176 attending the final showdown with Texas A&M on Oct. 7, while 2,228 fans watched the Red Raiders take on Kansas on Oct. 14.
Tech hosted a total of 3,520 fans during the final weekend of home matches of the 2011 season, which included the thrilling double-overtime victory over Texas. The figure was a new stadium record for a weekend series.
In all, the average single-game attendance has ballooned by 194 percent during the Tom Stone Era, increasing from an average of 349 per-game during the 2007 season to last year's mark of 1,027. The 2012 season marked the third consecutive season with an average attendance of over 1,000.
Since the 2010 season, the Red Raiders are a remarkable 23-7 at home - a .767 winning percentage.
That inherent and unique home field advantage has been noticed on a national level as Texas Tech hosted the NSCAA/FOX Soccer Game of the Week on Oct. 26, 2012 where the Red Raiders shutout Oklahoma State 2-0.
Stone has amassed a 60-48-11 record in six seasons at Texas Tech for a .504 winning percentage, the best of any coach in program history.
The 2010 season saw significant step forward as the Red Raiders posted an 11-8-1 record, their first winning season since 1996, and advanced to their fourth-straight Big 12 Championship appearance.
Tech had many firsts during 2010 as it received votes in the top 25 poll for the first time, along with the best start in school history at 5-0 against Division I opponents. To go along with those five wins was five shutouts. The five shutouts was the first time in the program's history that a Tech team began the season with five-consecutive shutouts. The Red Raiders finished the year with a school-record 10 shutouts.
At the conclusion of the 2010 season, the Red Raiders reaped Big 12 honors as freshman Jessica Fuston was named the Big 12 Rookie of the Year. Fuston became the first Red Raider to win one of the conference's top awards. Fuston and junior Whitney Sharpe both received All-Big 12 second team honors as well as being named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer team.
With a full recruiting class on campus that regularly fielded around seven freshmen in the starting lineup, the Red Raiders finished the 2009 campaign 8-8-4, marking the first time since 1996 that a Tech team had a .500 or better overall record.
Besides the win-loss record, the 2009 squad was also one of Tech's most competitive squads as well, with seven of eight losses coming by only a goal. The Red Raiders picked up quality road wins at TCU, UTEP, and a neutral-site contest against Vanderbilt, while earning a conference point with a 0-0 tie at nationally-ranked Texas A&M, snapping a nine-match losing streak to the Aggies. The point against the Aggies led the Red Raiders back to the Big 12 Championship for the third-consecutive season, where Tech's season eventually ended off penalty kicks against Kansas.
Tech's rise was recognized like never before, however, as four players were honored to an All-Big 12 postseason team, led by Taylor Lytle, who became only the school's second player all-time to be named to the first team after a strong sophomore campaign where she broke the school's single-game and single-season assist records. Freshmen Dawn Ward, Tiffini Smith and Morgan Johnson were also named to the all-newcomer, which gave Tech more freshmen honored than any other Big 12 program. With their success on the field, Lytle and Smith were selected to respective U.S. National Teams following the season as Lytle joined the Under-23 squad and Smith traveled to California and Spain with the U-18 program.
During his tenure, Stone has also been active on the national level as he was hired in 2008 as the assistant coach for the U.S. U-20 National Team, a position he remains in today. Serving under head coach Tony DiCicco, the 2008 team captured the FIFA World Championship. The 2010 squad, meanwhile, has already won the CONCACAF Championship and will train throughout the summer before attending the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Germany at the end of July. On top of his national team duties, Stone is also currently serving as the head coach of the southern region's U-19 Olympic Development team.
Prior to his arrival at Tech, Stone spent one season helping lead Clemson as an assistant coach to the NCAA Final Eight where the Tigers eventually ended their season 11-8-5 overall, which was the best season in Clemson school history.
Before beginning his career on the collegiate level, some of Stone's greatest accomplishments may have come from his time leading the Atlanta Beat of the Women's United Soccer Association during all three years of its existence. Being the first coach hired when the league formed in 2001, Stone proved his worth quickly, claiming the inaugural WUSA Presidents Cup Championship and advancing to the Founders Cup title match. The Beat also advanced to the title match in the league's final season. In his three seasons with the Beat, Stone finished with the highest winning percentage among WUSA coaches, finishing 13 games over .500, while also being named an all-star coach twice. He was also the only league coach to advance his team to the playoffs in all three seasons.
When the WUSA ceased operations in 2003, Stone was named the technical director of the Top Hat Soccer Club in Atlanta, which is one of the top girls youth programs in the southern region. While with Top Hat, Stone was primarily involved in all areas of club and player development and the College Prep Program that prepares top players for college soccer opportunities. He was also the head coach for the 2007 Gold Team that won the Georgia State Championship in 2004 and the Southern Regional Premier League in 2005, while also serving as the head coach of the Gwinnett Country club team that won the regional championship and qualified for the national championship match in 2005.
Before beginning his professional career, Stone was the founding director of coaching at the Colorado Rush Soccer Club from 1991 to 2000. Under Stone's direction, the Rush would go on to win 35 state cups along with 12 regional championships and seven national championships, becoming arguably the most successful youth girls program in the U.S. from 1997 to 2000. Stone has also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Duke in 1997 and the University of Denver in 1996.
As a player, Stone may be most remembered for his game-winning goal with Duke against Akron in the 1986 National Championship match, where the Blue Devils would take the NCAA title, winning 1-0.
In his four-year career at Duke, Stone was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection three times, while also setting the Duke record for the most NCAA Tournament goals in a career and game-winners in a single season. Stone was also a team captain on the 1987 squad and finished among the top 10 on the school's career points and goals charts.
Following his career as a Blue Devil, Stone played professionally for Le Havre FC in France and the Washington Stars and Colorado Foxes of the APSL.
A native of Irving, Texas, Stone was a three-year member of the U.S. Youth National Team and a two-time Parade All-American while attending MacArthur High School.
When not coaching, Stone has served as an analyst for various national television networks, covering everything from the NCAA College Cup to the World Cup. He has worked as the lead soccer analyst for both CSTV and Fox Sports, while also joining ESPN for its coverage of the 2003 Women's World Cup. Stone has also written guest columns for various soccer websites.
Stone holds a USSF "A" License. He and his wife, Lindsey, currently reside in Lubbock with their Leyton, and daughter, Lily.
To contact Coach Stone, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (806) 281-7684.
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