2008 RED RAIDER SOCCER
Head Coach Tom Stone
Head Coach Second Season Duke ‘87
Known nationally first as a player, and now as a coach, Tom Stone enters his second season as Texas Tech head coach, after a first year that saw the program rise to new heights.
With essentially only two months before the 2007 opener following his May hiring, Stone had little time to evaluate his new players, let alone get to really know them, making the non-conference portion of the season a learning experience both for Stone and the play- ers. In October, however, things finally came together as the Red Raiders won four out of five conference matches down the stretch to qualify for the Big 12 Championship for the first time since 1999, while also matching the most conference wins in school history.
Following his inaugural season, Stone was named the assistant coach of the U.S. Under-20 National Team that traveled to Puebla, Mexico. Stone will rejoin the team following the 2008 season for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Prior to his arrival at Tech, Stone spent the 2006 season at Clem- son as an assistant coach, where the Tigers finished 11-8-5 and earned a birth into the Final Eight in the NCAA Tournament.
Several of Stone’s greatest accomplishments as a coach, howev- er, may have come from his time leading the Atlanta Beat of the WUSA for all three years of its existence from 2001-2003. Being the first coach hired when the league formed, Stone proved his worth quickly, claiming the inaugural WUSA regular season title. The Beat advanced to the Founders Cup title match in both 2001 and 2003. 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.
Soon after the league’s fall, 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 col- lege 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.
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 nation- al 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.
THE STONE TIMELINE
1986 Scored the game-winning goal in the NCAA Championship match as Duke defeated Akron, 1-0. Finished his Blue Devil ca- reer among the top-10 all-time in career goals and points.
1987-1994 Began a successful pro career playing for the LeHavre Futbol Club in France in 1987 before joining the Washington Stars of the APSL in 1988. After two seasons with the Stars, Stone joined the Colorado Foxes and played six seasons.
1991 Founding Director of Coaching for the Colorado Rush Soccer Club. Under Stone’s direction, the club would become one of the most successful youth girls programs in the U.S. from 1997 to 2000.
1996 While still with the Rush, Stone also served as a volunteer as- sistant at the University of Denver.
1997 Returned to Duke to be a volunteer assistant coach.
2001 Became the first coach hired in the newly-formed WUSA and quickly led his Atlanta Beat squad to the inaugural regular sea- son title. Stone was also named an All-Star coach before lead- ing the Beat to the Founders Cup title match.
2003 In the WUSA’s final season of existence, Stone once again led the Beat to the Founders Cup. He finished as the winningest coach in WUSA history at 13 games over .500.
2004 Named the technical director for the Top Hat Soccer Club, which is one of the top youth programs in the southern region.
2006 Served as an assistant coach at Clemson, where the Tigers ad- vanced to the NCAA Final Eight in Stone’s only season.
2007 Became the fourth head coach in Texas Tech history. In his first season, Stone led the Red Raiders back to the Big 12 Cham- pionship for the first time since 1999, while also matching the school record for most conference wins with five. Tech’s 5-4-1 Big 12 record was also the school’s first winning conference record since 1996.
2008 Named an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-20 National Team that qualified for the FIFA World Cup to be held after the 2008 season in Chile.