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Bemidji State soccer: Stone extends contract at BSU

Bemidji State Athletic Director Rick Goeb announced the signing of Jim Stone to a contract extension, keeping him as the head coach of the BSU soccer program through the 2014 season.

"We are thrilled to have Jim Stone sign a contract to remain within our athletic department for the next four years. He has done an amazing job here at Bemidji State over the last eight years building a strong, competitive women's soccer program," Goeb said. "But it is not just that his teams have been successful in the win/loss column, his student-athletes graduate, they do well academically and are involved in the community."

Stone has served as BSU's head coach since 2002. Stone's teams have assembled a 74-69-16 overall record and led the Beavers to a 38-37-7 mark in NSIC play. Since 2005, Stone's teams have gone 54-32-15 overall and are on a streak of five consecutive seasons of at least .500 soccer.

Under Stone's guidance, 27 BSU soccer players have been selected for All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) honors.

In the classroom, the Beavers have been equally as successful during Stone's tenure. Since 2002, 34 BSU soccer players have garnered Academic All-NSIC accolades, which included a school-record nine last fall.

"First I'd like to thank the people who brought me in here eight years ago," Stone said. "President Quistgaard, Dr. Muriel Gillman and Dr. Goeb had enough confidence to hire me in 2002 and I hope they are proud that I am still here and continue to build the program they put me in charge of."

Stone and his wife Heather reside in Bemidji with children Alyse, Miah and Isaac.

"This is significant for my family. We love it here and it creates stability for our children and my players." Stone went on to say, "In terms of building the program, it is significant because it provides consistency to the program as we continue to build upon what we've done here and push the program to a higher level."