BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University director of athletics Rick Goeb today announced the hiring of Jim Stone as the university’s head women’s soccer coach. Stone’s hire continues BSU’s commitment both to its soccer program and women’s athletics, as the position is being elevated from a part-time adjunct level to full-time for the first time since the program was founded in 1996.
“This is a big step for our women’s soccer program, and for women’s sports at BSU,” Goeb said. “Elevating the women’s soccer position to full-time demonstrates a strong commitment to our student-athletes and brings stability to a soccer program that has seen three different coaches in six years.”
Stone, who will make his debut as a collegiate head coach at Bemidji State, spent two seasons as an assistant coach with both the men’s and women’s programs at Augsburg College from 1999-2000.
“We’re confident that Jim Stone has the knowledge and abilities to lead our soccer program into this exciting new chapter of its history,” Goeb said.
Most recently, Stone served as head girl’s varsity soccer coach at Spring Lake Park High School during Fall 2001. He helped transform a team which went 3-16 the previous year to an 8-6-2 squad in just one season. He also has assisted with the Wings Soccer Club, a Premiere under-15 team in Minnesota hosting some of the top players in the state. Additionally, Stone has been involved with the Fargo Shanley High School boy’s team (1998), Red River High School girls (1997), and Fargo North High School junior varsity (1997).
Stone, a 1998 graduate of Concordia (Minn.) College, captained the Concordia men’s soccer team in 1997 and 1998. He earned second-team all-MIAC honors in 1997 and helped lead Concordia to MIAC Championships in 1995 and 1996. In 1996, Stone and the Cobbers reached the round of 16 at the NCAA Division III national tournament.
Stone holds a Level I goalkeeper diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, which instructs coaches on the nuances of training the goaltender position. Stone also holds a National “D” License from the United States Soccer Federation, awarded for completing a USSF-controlled curriculum focusing on the development of individual technical skills and team systems that fit those individual skills.
Stone takes over the BSU program in succession of two-year head coach Jeff Mitchell. Mitchell continued BSU’s development as a competetive soccer program in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. In 2001 he coached forward Becky Elk to first-team All-NSIC honors, and goaltender Nikki Dalka led the nation in saves per game (14.24) en route to Honorable Mention All-NSIC honors. Dalka also recorded the third- and fourth-highest single-game save totals in the nation a year ago with 23 saves against Hamline and 22 saves against Wayne State (Neb.).
Jim Stone: Collegiate Coaching History
1999-2000 // Augsburg College // Assistant Coach (men & women)