With a decade of coaching experience to her name, Lisa Stoia begins her 10th year with the Mountaineer soccer program at her alma mater. An integral cog in the emergence of the Mountaineers’ presence on the national stage, Stoia has helped guide WVU to multiple Big 12 and Big East titles, as well as nine straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Stoia helped lead the Mountaineers to a record-setting season in 2015, as the squad returned to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, its first appearance in that round since 2007, collected its fourth straight Big 12 Conference regular-season title and spent 15 weeks ranked in the nation’s top 10, peaking at No. 2 in the NSCAA Poll, a position it held for two weeks. The Mountaineers finished the season ranked a program-best No. 7.
WVU set program records for wins (19), goals (61) and shutouts (15). Stoia helped 10 Mountaineers collected a program-best 11 All-Big 12 honors, including recognitions for midfielders Ashley Lawrence (first team), Amanda Hill (second team) and Carla Portillo (second team). Lawrence, a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, also earned NSCAA All-America First Team honors, and Hill was named to the Senior CLASS All-America Second Team.
Lawrence pushed the Mountaineers’ attack throughout 2015 and tallied a team- and career-best eight assists, ranking No. 2 in the Big 12 with a 0.36 per-game average.
Stoia capped the memorable 2015 season with her second straight NSCAA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year honor, her third career accolade since 2010.
In addition to her on-field coaching assistance, Stoia also heads up the team’s travel throughout the season, team-issued gear and its Nike Elite allotment, along with on-campus visitations, recruiting and scouting efforts.
Two seasons ago, the Mountaineers captured the 2014 Big 12 Conference regular-season and championship titles and ended the year on a program record 19-match unbeaten streak. Lawrence ranked No. 2 in the Big 12 with seven assists and earned NSCAA All-Central Region First Team honors. She also was named to the All-Big 12 First Team and scored the Big 12 Tournament Offensive MVP award. In total, three Mountaineer midfielders earned All-Big 12 recognitions, and the team tallied a Big 12-best nine all-conference honors.
For her efforts all season, Stoia was named the NSCAA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
In 2013, Stoia helped the Mountaineers to their fifth conference title in four consecutive seasons, as the squad successfully defended its Big 12 Conference regular-season title and won its first Big 12 Soccer Championship title. Additionally, she aided forward Frances Silva in winning the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors and saw WVU secure eight All-Big 12 awards. Silva ended the season tops in the Big 12 in goals (15), assists (13) and points (43).
Stoia helped WVU win the school’s first Big 12 championship with an unbeaten 2012 regular season. She guided midfielder Bri Rodriguez to All-Big 12 First Team honors, as well as NSCAA College Scholar All-America recognition.
In 2011, Stoia helped the Mountaineers post a 17-5-0 record. She mentored forward Kate Schwindel to a 19-point freshman season and the Big East Rookie of the Year award. Additionally, five Mountaineers were named All-Big East in the team’s final season in the conference.
Stoia, a former conference player of the year, has developed WVU’s midfield and front line, as Carolyn Blank twice earned All-America honors (2008-09). Blank also became the first Mountaineer since Stoia to be named Big East Midfielder of the Year.
With Rodriguez’s All-Big East First Team selection in 2010, it gave WVU a midfielder on the league’s first team five straight seasons. Stoia’s efforts were recognized as she was named NSCAA/Mondo North Atlantic Regional Assistant Coach of the Year.
Seven years ago, Stoia played in the 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer league after being drafted with the 48th overall pick by the Saint Louis Athletica. In the WPS’ inaugural season, Stoia helped the Athletica to a second-place finish and WPS Super Semifinal playoff appearance.
In 2007, WVU advanced deep into postseason play, making a trip to the school’s first NCAA Elite Eight. She also helped midfielder Amanda Cicchini earn All-America honors.
Stoia spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons as an assistant coach at Jacksonville, where she helped guide the Dolphins to a 2006 NCAA Tournament berth. The Dolphins posted their first double-digit win total since 2002 and earned their second Atlantic Sun Championship in school history.
She was active in securing the Atlantic Sun’s top recruiting class according to Soccer Buzz magazine, which rated 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 at WVU in 2004. 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 (33) 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 Soccer Buzz All-America accolades.
Stoia earned NSCAA and Soccer Buzz Second Team All-America honors, Big East Midfielder of the Year and First Team All-Big East recognition as a junior after finishing with eight goals, 10 assists and 26 points. As a sophomore, she earned Soccer Buzz Honorable Mention All-America, Soccer Buzz First Team All-Region, NSCAA/adidas Second Team All-Region and First Team All-Big East accolades after tallying four goals and five assists. Stoia also earned NSCAA/adidas Third Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region and Big East co-Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman.
Stoia also was a member of the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team Pool in 2003. A year later, she was named a 2004 National Strength and Conditioning All-American.
In September 2007, she was inducted into William Floyd High’s inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame.
A native of Shirley, New York, Stoia earned her bachelor's degree in sport management from West Virginia in 2005 and her master’s of business administration from Jacksonville in 2007.