Former All-American Returns as Coach

Lisa Stoia, a former Mountaineer All-American, has been named an assistant women's soccer coach at West Virginia University, head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown announced today.

"We are very excited to have Lisa return home to West Virginia," says Izzo-Brown. "She has done so much for this program already and her enthusiasm will benefit West Virginia University greatly. Lisa was a high-level player at WVU, won a championship at Jacksonville and experienced the NCAA Tournament as a player and coach. She will be an invaluable asset for us here."

Stoia returns to her alma mater after two seasons as an assistant coach at Jacksonville University where she helped guide the Dolphins to a 2006 NCAA Tournament berth. The Dolphins posted their first double-digit win total since 2002 and their second Atlantic Sun Championship in school history.

She was active in securing the Atlantic Sun's top recruiting class, according to SoccerBuzz magazine, who recently picked Jacksonville's 2007 class as best in the conference.

JU players benefited from Stoia's two seasons of leadership as four Dolphins picked up all-conference recognition and forward Keri Zwikker earned 2005 Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year honors.

In the summer, Stoia competed for two seasons as a midfielder with the Boston Renegades in the Women's United Soccer League. In 2006, she led the team and ranked second in the league with 11 assists. She also ranked fifth in the league with 29 points and finished with nine goals on the season.

Prior to JU, Stoia served as a student assistant coach in 2004 at WVU. That season, she helped the program to its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, including a first-round win over SMU.

A four-year letterwinner at West Virginia from 2000-03, Stoia set Mountaineer 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 along with NSCAA and SoccerBuzz All-America accolades.

Stoia earned NSCAA and SoccerBuzz Second-Team All-America honors, BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and first-team all-conference 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-conefernce 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.

Stoia was also a member of the US Women's U-21 National Team in 2003.

A native of Shirley, N.Y., Stoia earned her bachelor's degree in sport management from West Virginia in 2003. She is currently finishing up classes to complete her MBA at Jacksonville.

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