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HEAD COACH RICK STAINTON

 

College of St. Elizabeth Women's Soccer Head Coach Rick StaintonStainton will look to lead the Eagles in its first season as a member of the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) in 2019.  "What excites me about the opportunity is that I essentially get to build a program from the ground up.  CSE has the resources and ability to become a competitive program who challenges for conference championships.  We have a solid foundation of student-athletes returning, who genuinely care for the program and want to earn success through their committed efforts." 

Stainton comes to CSE from Division I Seton Hall University where he was the head women's coach for the past five season.  During his time on the sidelines for The Hall, the Stainton-led Pirates vaulted back into the NSCAA Northeast Regional poll for the first time since August 2012 when Stainton was on staff as an assistant. The Pirates went on to establish themselves as a stout defensive unit, posting six clean sheets in 18 outings and surrendered one goal or less 13 times - including eight of nine non-conference matches. 

No stranger to South Orange, Stainton made his way back to The Hall where in his first season on staff, the Pirates posted their largest win total since the turn of the millennium, recording nine victories and earning a home match in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament. The match proved to be a memorable one as Seton Hall scored the second postseason win in school history and the first via shutout with a 1-0 defeat of St. John's.

Following a 2012 season in which Seton Hall registered seven more victories, five of which were of the shutout variety; Stainton took over as the head women's soccer coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

During his brief stint in Teaneck, Stainton led the Knights to one of the most successful seasons in the history of a young program. He took over a squad whose senior class had registered only 11 wins in the previous three years and engineered a rapid turnaround, guiding the Knights to an 8-8-4 record that included a 4-1-3 mark in Northeast Conference (NEC) play and the #2-seed in the conference tournament.

After compiling their second-best NEC record in school history, the Knights brought two-time reigning conference champions LIU-Brooklyn to the brink in the conference semifinals, eventually falling 2-1 in double-overtime.

Picked to finish eighth in the nine-team league in the preseason poll, Fairleigh Dickinson flourished under Stainton's stewardship. The Knights boasted the stingiest defense in the league, allowing only 0.69 goals per game in conference contests while also putting together an unprecedented streak of six-consecutive clean sheets against NEC opponents. A total of six Fairleigh Dickinson players earned all-conference honors at year's end, highlighted by senior keeper Sage DoVale who was named NEC Goalkeeper of the Year and a First Team All-NEC performer.

Despite Stainton's extensive background at the Division I level, he is confident he can make a smooth transition to the College of Saint Elizabeth.  "My background has a proven ability to identify and recruit student-athletes who are not only talented, but have great character, morals and ethics.  These student-athletes strive for success and represent the program before themselves.  Because of this, we create a culture of support and competitiveness, which then translates to success on and off the field.  I believe that we, as a program, will surround ourselves with those on the same mission and we will pursue that mission together."

A seasoned professional with extensive coaching experience at a variety of levels, Stainton holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "A" License and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma, as well as a NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma. 

Adding on to an already impressive resume, Stainton was a part of the New Jersey based Sky Blue FC, a women's professional soccer team for four years.  While with Sky Blue FC, Stainton trained some of the most prominent women's players in the world, coaching a total of 12 players who competed in the 2011 FIFA World Cup including United States internationals Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd, Heather O'Reilly and Christie Rampone.  Stainton began his tenure with the club as an assistant, a role in which he was responsible for goalkeeper development, prospect identification, implementation of off-season training programs and camp instruction.  He also served as the head coach for a year where he guided the Sky Blue to a 7-10-7 record.

In addition to his time in the professional ranks, Stainton has also held collegiate coaching positions at Rider University, Caldwell College and Green Mountain College - his alma mater. A former standout goalkeeper for the Eagles, he was elected into the Green Mountain Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.

Outside of his professional and collegiate coaching experience, Stainton comes well-versed in the responsibilities associated with a position of leadership. A former administrator within the Seton Hall athletics department, he spent three years as the director of athletics at Saint Rose High School in Belmar, N.J. and is the founder and president of Stainton Sport Enterprises; a sports service business that specializes in training and instruction.  He also is a East Region Olympic Development Program Senior Staff Coach and United States Soccer Federation Youth National Team Scout.

Stainton is a graduate from Green Mountain College where he earned a bachelors in Leisure Resource Facilities Management.  While at Green Mountain, Stainton was named the NAIA Northeast Region MVP and 1st Team Mayflower All-Conference.  In 2002, Stainton was inducted into the Green Mountain College Athletic Hall of Fame.