Bemidji State awards Stone four-year contract extension
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Bemidji State awards Stone four-year contract extension
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University Director of Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb today announced that Jim Stone, BSU’s head women’s soccer coach has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the Beaver soccer program through the 2013 season.

“We are thrilled to have Jim Stone sign a contract to remain within our athletic department for the next four years.  He has done an amazing job here at Bemidji State over the last eight years building a strong, competitive women’s soccer program,” Goeb commented.  “But it is not just that his teams have been successful in the win/loss column, his student-athletes graduate, they do well academically and are involved in the community.  His student-athletes walk away from here with nothing but great praise about their time at Bemidji State and in the soccer program and that speaks volumes about Coach Stone and the leadership he and his coaching staff provide.”

Stone, the fifth mentor of a BSU program that got its start in 1996, grabbed the reigns of his first collegiate head coaching position prior to the 2002 season. That fall, Stone’s revamped BSU team matched the school record for wins in a single season with four.  Just two years later (2004), Stone directed the Beavers to their inaugural 10-win season--the first of five in eight years under Stone--and the school’s first NSIC Tournament win and a trip to the quarterfinals for the first time in the Beaver soccer history. In 2005, BSU established school records for wins (12) and conference victories (9) en route to a trip to the NSIC Tournament’s semifinal game.

In eight seasons, Stone, has assembled a 74-69-16 overall record and led the Beavers to a 38-37-7 mark in NSIC play.  Since 2005, Stone’s teams have gone 54-32-15 overall and are on a streak of five consecutive seasons of at least .500 soccer.

Under Stone’s guidance, 27 BSU soccer players have been selected for All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) honors, which includes Lindsey Natwick (2002-06) and Kari Torgerson (2003-06) who were each named to the all-conference team four times and a pair of current players who have each been three-time All-NSIC selections in Ashlee Ellefsen and Alysha Domiano.  Togerson went on to earn the league’s defensive player of the year honor in 2005.

Beyond the league, Stone’s teams have also stacked up well nationally.  Kari Torgerson, a three-time NSCAA All-Region pick garnered the program’s first All-America honor when she was selected the NSCAA’a second team in 2005 and Ellefsen followed, earning the Daktronics, Inc. All-America award in 2008.  In addition, 12 other players have garnered all-region awards from the NSCAA or Daktronics, Inc. under Stone’s watch.

In the classroom, the Beavers have been equally as successful during Stone’s tenure.  Since 2002, 34 BSU soccer players have garnered Academic All-NSIC accolades, which included a school-record nine last fall.  In addition, BSU has had five CoSIDA Academic All-District selections, which includes Christina Egnell’s 2005 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America selection.

“First I’d like to thank the people who brought me in here eight years ago.  President Quistgaard, Dr. Muriel Gillman and Dr. Goeb had enough confidence to hire me in 2002 and I hope they are proud that I am still here and continue to build the program they put me in charge of,” Stone commented.

“This is significant for my family. We love it here and it creates stability for our children and my players.” Stone went on to say, “In terms of building the program, it is significant because it provides consistency to the program as we continue to build upon what we’ve done here and push the program to a higher level.”

Stone and his wife Heather reside in Bemidji with their children Alyse, Miah and Isaac.

Bemidji State in coming off a season in which it finished 11-6-2 overall and took sixth place with a 7-5-1 mark in NSIC play and was ranked 10th in the central region.

The team will open the 2010 schedule Sept. 3 when it travels to Grand Forks, N.D. to battle University of North Dakota in nonconference play.