Jul 26, 2013

Impact coach Rich Stoneman named Longwood Women's Assistant

FARMVILLE, Va. -- Longwood University 20th-year women's soccer head coach Todd Dyer has announced the appointment of Rich Stoneman as his new assistant coach.  This summer, Stoneman coached the Fredericksburg Impact of the W-League, Women’s Pro-Am Soccer, to a fourth-place finish in the Northeastern Conference; the team included former Lancers’ standout Lindsey Ottavio.  He served as an assistant coach at Pfeiffer University during 2012, while also working as the college coordinator at the Charlotte (N.C.) Soccer Academy (CSA).  Stoneman has previous Division I coaching experience at Big South Conference member Coastal Carolina University (2010-11, women’s assistant, volunteer men’s assistant), East Carolina University (2007-09, women’s assistant), Louisiana Tech University (2004-06, women’s assistant) and Baylor University (2001-02, volunteer women’s assistant).
“We’re very excited and fortunate to have Rich Stoneman joining our staff this fall,” said Dyer.  “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program and our players will benefit greatly as a result of these qualities.  He has an extensive goalkeeping background, but he’s motivated and qualified to do so much more, especially on the recruiting side of things.  His energy and personality is contagious and he will have an immediate and significant impact on our soccer program, athletic department and university.”

At Pfeiffer, Stoneman helped the program to an 11-6-2 record and an appearance in the Conference Carolinas Championship, while coaching the league’s Freshmen of the Year.  In addition, he worked very closely with CSA North to establish weekly technical and conditioning trainings and a Goalkeeper’s Academy, helping teams on technical and tactical aspects of their strengths and weaknesses.
“I am very honored and excited to have the opportunity to be at Longwood University, and to work with Coach Dyer,” said Stoneman.  “Longwood, as well as the women’s soccer program, is growing and I’m grateful to be part of the next steps of building a championship program in the Big South.  I’m excited to be back in the conference with Longwood.”
At Coastal Carolina, Stoneman helped the program to a 10-8-2 record in 2010, including a share of the Big South regular season title.  He assisted in maintaining team continuity throughout a head coaching change through the 2010-11 seasons, with responsibilities that included running all training sessions, monitoring academic standings, planning team travel, monitoring team budget, developing and maintaining strong alumni relationships, maintaining and monitoring recruit data bases, and serving as an associate camp director for summer camp.  He also assisted with the men’s team that made NCAA appearances in 2010 and 2011, while producing MLS Players.
At East Carolina, Stoneman had many of the same responsibilities as well as recording player performance utilizing video break down for each game, and implementing the creation of individual player statistics and performance breakdowns.  The 2008 team was a program-best 15-4-4, including the regular season Conference USA title and a runner-up finish at the C-USA Tournament.  He helped establish the Louisiana Tech women’s soccer program after getting his start in coaching at Baylor, where he was Director of Clinics and Camps for the program.
The Fayetteville, North Carolina native earned a bachelor of science degree in health and recreation from East Central (Okla.) University in 2001.  Stoneman was a standout at Oklahoma Christian University from 1995-98, earning National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-Region honors (1997-98).  He also played with the Oklahoma City Slickers and Oklahoma City Heat (1996-99) of the USISL, now the United Soccer Leagues (USL).  Stoneman was a reserve for both the Dallas Burn (1999) and Kansas City Wiz (2000) of Major League Soccer (MLS).
Stoneman, who has numerous experiences with various camps and clinics since 1999, holds a National A License from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced Youth License, a NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I and II License, an English F.A. Premier Badge Level I and has memberships with the NSCAA, USSF and the F.A. Coaching Association.  He has served on Olympic Development Program coaching staffs in both Texas and North Carolina.