Rich Stoneman enters his third season in the Pirate program as an assistant coach. Stoneman came 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 shutout percentage. In addition, he was responsible for recruiting Emily Cleaveland, the Louisiana Sportswriters Association Freshman-of-the-Year in 2005, and coordinating 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.
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 further broadened his experience under head coach Nick Cowell.
At Baylor, Stoneman was in charge of scouting, video analysis, enhancing the Bears' recruiting base and practice sessions. He worked closely with and coached Mexican National Team goalkeeper Monica Housden.
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 postseason 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.
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. He was also the Director of Soccer at Camp Laurel, the nation's exclusive summer soccer camp.
Stoneman enjoyed a successful playing career at Oklahoma Christian University from 1996-98, where he led the team to two Sooner Athletic Conference titles. He also played with the Oklahoma City Slickers and OKC Spirit of the USISL. Stoneman was then selected by Dallas FC (the then-Dallas Burn) on account of his participation in the MLS Combine and subsequently took a spot on the Kansas City Wizards reserve team.
Stoneman holds impressive credentials, such as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Level II Goalkeeping Diploma, an Advanced National Diploma, a National B License from the United States Soccer Federation, a National A License from the USSF, an English F.A. Premier Badge and a NSCAA International Diploma. He also participated in an internship for U.S. Soccer, observing training camps and sessions for the United States National Teams.
Stoneman received a B.S. in health and recreation from East Central University in 2001.
His mother attended East Carolina from 1971-73 and his grandmother studied at East Carolina Teacher's College, where she received her master's. He is single and resides in Greenville.