MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Pfeiffer University women’s soccer Head Coach Elijah Denton announced the hiring of Rich Stoneman as the new assistant coach with Lady Falcon soccer. Stoneman has spent the past three seasons at East Carolina University, where he was the assistant coach in charge of goalkeepers.
During his time with the Pirates, the squad went 32-16-12 and 14-9-8 in Conference-USA, including the 2008 regular season title and a run to the league tournament finals. During his tenure, he coached goalkeeper Amber Campbell, who was the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year, second team All-Southeast Region and first team All-Conference selection in 2008. He also worked with defender Madison Keller, who spent part of the 2009 season with the Washington Freedom of the Women's Professional Soccer League. In his time at ECU, the combined goals-against average was less than a goal a game in the 60 contests.
Prior to his time at ECU, Stoneman spent three years at Louisiana Tech as an assistant coach. While at Louisiana Tech, Stoneman helped the program achieve national rankings of third in scoring offense and 17th in shutout percentage. In addition, he was responsible for recruiting Emily Cleaveland, the Louisiana Sportswriters Association Freshman of the Year in 2005, and coordinating all aspects of Louisiana Tech's recruiting efforts.
Prior to Louisiana Tech, Stoneman spent a year coaching the Dallas Texans Club Team and with in the North Texas Olympic Development Teams. In 2001-02, he joined the Baylor women's soccer program and further broadened his experience under Head Coach Nick Cowell. At Baylor, Stoneman was in charge of scouting, video analysis, enhancing the Bears' recruiting base and practice sessions. He worked closely with and coached Mexican National Team goalkeeper Monica Housden.
Stoneman enjoyed a successful playing career at Oklahoma Christian University from 1996-98, where he led the team to two Sooner Athletic Conference titles. He also played with the Oklahoma City Slickers and OKC Spirit of the USISL. Stoneman was then selected by Dallas FC (the then-Dallas Burn) in the supplemental draft pick on account of his participation in the MLS Combine and subsequently took a spot on the Kansas City Wizards reserve team.
Stoneman holds impressive credentials, such as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Level II Goalkeeping Diploma, an Advanced National Diploma, a National B License from the United States Soccer Federation, a National A License from the USSF, an English F.A. Premier Badge and a NSCAA Premier Diploma. He also participated in an internship for U.S. Soccer, observing training camps and sessions for the United States National Teams.
Stoneman received a B.S. in health and recreation from East Central University in 2001.