JU Names Lisa Stoia Assistant Women's Soccer Coach

July 6, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU has hired current United Soccer League W-League midfielder Lisa Stoia as assistant women's soccer coach, head coach Chris Kouns announced today. Stoia, who also coached the 2004 U-18 Massachusetts Club Soccer State Champions, has tallied two goals, two assists and six points in eight games with the Boston Renegades. She will join second-year assistant Kara Heldenbrand and Bryan Thorp on the Dolphin sidelines in 2005.

A four-year letterwinner at West Virginia from 2000-03, Stoia set Mountaineer program career records for assists (32) and matches played and started (87). As a senior, she set a program record with 12 assists and was second on the squad with seven goals and 26 points en route to Big East Midfielder of the Year and NSCAA and SoccerBuzz All-American accolades. Stoia earned NSCAA and SoccerBuzz Second-Team All-America honors, Big East Midfielder of the Year and First-Team All-Big East accolades as a junior after finishing with eight goals, 10 assists and 26 points. As a sophomore, she earned SoccerBuzz Honorable Mention All-America, SoccerBuzz First-Team All-Region, NSCAA/adidas Second-Team All-Region and First-Team All-Big East accolades after tallying four goals and four assists. Stoia also earned NSCAA/adidas Third-Team Mid-Atlantic Region and Big East Co-Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman. A native of Shirley, N.Y., Stoia earned her bachelor's degree in sport management in 2003.

"Lisa has enjoyed tremendous success in one of the top women's soccer programs in the country," said Kouns, who led the Dolphins to the second round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship last season. "Her experiences in that environment will benefit everyone involved with JU women's soccer."

JU will open the 2005 season on Friday, August 28 at 5 p.m. against Pittsburgh in the Marshall Invitational in Marshall, West Virginia.