Rich Stoneman has joined the women’s soccer coaching staff at East Carolina, according to an announcement made by Pirate Head Coach Rob Donnenwirth Wednesday.
Stoneman comes to Greenville from Louisiana Tech, where he served as an assistant coach for three seasons.
While at Louisiana Tech, Stoneman helped the program achieve national rankings of third in scoring offense and 17th in shut-out percentage. In addition, he was responsible for recruiting the Louisiana Freshman-of-the-Year in 2004. Stoneman was the goalkeepers coach and coordinated all aspects of Louisiana Tech’s recruiting efforts.
Prior to Louisiana Tech, Stoneman served as assistant coach at Eastern New Mexico University for both the men’s and women’s teams. There, the Fayetteville, N.C. native actively oversaw all aspects of recruiting Eastern New Mexico’s initial team, which had 38 players arrive on campus in its inaugural season.
Before his stint at Eastern New Mexico, Stoneman spent a year coaching the Dallas Texans Club Team and the Olympic Development Teams. In 2001-02, he joined the Baylor women’s soccer program and furthermore broadened his experience.
At Baylor, Stoneman was in charge of scouting, video analysis, enhancing the Bears’ recruiting base and practice sessions.
Stoneman became the coaching supervisor for the Falmouth Football Club in Portland, Maine in the summer of 2001, where he supervised 12 soccer instructors, oversaw six teams and was in charge of over 220 players.
Furthering his experience on the collegiate level, Stoneman served as assistant coach at East Central University in Ada, Okla. during the 2000-01 season. The Lady Tigers reached post-season play for the first time in school history and reached the finals of the Lone Star Conference Tournament, capping off East Central’s most successful season ever with 11 wins.
“I am really happy to have Rich join our staff,” Donnenwirth said. “He brings with him extensive experience at the collegiate level, will be a great recruiter for us, and will do a wonderful job as our goalkeepers coach.”
Stoneman holds impressive credentials, such as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Level II Goal Keeping Diploma, an Advanced National Diploma, a National B License from the United States Soccer Federation, a National A license from the USSF and an English F.A. Premier Badge and a NSCAA International Diploma.
Stoneman received a B.S. in health and recreation from East Central University in 2001.
“I am very excited about joining the ECU women’s soccer staff,” Stoneman said. “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. I feel like the university is really growing and taking the steps in the right direction. Rob and Shannon (St. George) are both great people and I look forward to working with them both. I am very grateful to be a part of this program and I hope that I can bring some good things to the table. I am very excited to be a Pirate.”