Legendary: Stone Becomes Division I All-Time Winningest Coach
Photo of Katey Stone courtesy of Kevin Burns
Harvard Defeats Princeton, 5-1, in Game 1 of ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With No. 4 Harvard’s 5-1 victory over Princeton on Friday evening, Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey, surpassed former Minnesota and Colby head coach Laura Halldorson and became the NCAA Division I all-time winningest coach. Stone, in her 16th season with the Crimson, has won 338 games, all at Harvard.
Stone, one of the most successful coaches in the history of the women’s collegiate game, appeared 33rd on New England Hockey Journal’s “Top 50 Most Influential People in New England Hockey” and has guided the Crimson to an incredible 338-142-27 (.693) record in her tenure. She led Harvard to the 1999 AWCHA national championship, three straight appearances in the NCAA championship game (2003, ’04, ’05), seven NCAA tournament appearances in the event’s nine-year history, six ECAC Hockey regular-season titles, five ECAC Hockey tournament championships, five Ivy League crowns and 10 Beanpots.
Stone took the coaching reins at Harvard from John Dooley prior to the 1994-95 season and posted a 12-11-2 mark in her first year as head coach. Stone orchestrated an extraordinary turnaround for the program in just four years, improving from 14-16-0 in 1997-98 to 33-1-0 and claiming a national championship in 1998-99.
After leading the Crimson to the 1999 AWCHA national championship, Stone was rewarded with the ECAC/KOHO and New England Hockey Writers’ Coach of the Year honors. In addition, she was named the American Hockey Coaches Association Women’s Coach of the Year and the New England College Athletic Conference Women’s Division I Coach of the Year. Stone repeated as the New England Hockey Writers’ Coach of the Year for the 2000-01 season and was tabbed as the ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year in 1999, 2005 and ’08.
In addition to team success, some of the best individual talent in the sport of women’s hockey has laced its skates in Cambridge. In 16 years behind the bench, Stone has coached nine Olympians, including five who are competing at the 2010 Vancouver Games, and six of the 12 winners of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented annually to the nation’s best collegiate women’s hockey player. Crimson skaters have earned All-America honors a total of 21 times since 1999, including Jennifer Botterill ’02-03, the only two-time recipient of the Patty Kazmaier Award, and Angela Ruggiero ’02-04, the first players in he country to be four-time All-Americans. Harvard has also had eight ECAC Hockey Players of the Year, five ECAC Hockey Rookies of the Year, nine Ivy League Players of the Year and five Ivy League Rookies of the Year.
Stone has been active within the U.S. National Development Camps and coached with the 1996 U.S. National Team. In November 2008, Stone led Team USA to the gold medal at the Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y. She was also named coach of the U.S. Women’s Under-22 Select Team in 2006.
An integral voice in the sport of women’s hockey, Stone is a member of the NCAA Championship committee and previously served as a member of the NCAA rules committee, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award selection committee and president of the American Women’s Hockey Coaches Association.