Lisa Stoia begins her third year at her alma mater. The Mountaineers have thrived under Stoia over the past two seasons, winning a pair of BIG EAST division titles and making two trips to the NCAA tournament.
The former conference player of the year has helped developed WVU’s midfield where Carolyn Blank earned All-America honors in 2008. Blank also became the first Mountaineer since Stoia to be named BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year.
In 2007, WVU advanced deep into postseason play, making a trip to the school’s first NCAA Elite Eight. She also helped develop midfielder Amanda Cicchini into earning All-America honors.
Stoia spent the 2005 and 2006 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 Soccer Buzz magazine, who 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 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 four 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 was also a member of the United States Women's U-21 National Team in 2003.
Most recently, Stoia played in the 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer league, after being drafted with the 48th overall pick by the Saint Louis Athletica.
A native of Shirley, N.Y., Stoia earned her bachelor's degree in sport management from West Virginia in 2003 and her MBA from Jacksonville in 2007.