Rick Stainton hired as Georgetown University women’s soccer assistant coach
Stainton comes to the Hilltop from the College of Saint Elizabeth’s in Morristown, New Jersey, where he served as the head coach for one season. Stainton is no stranger to the BIG EAST Conference as he was the head coach of the Seton Hall women’s soccer team for five seasons prior to Saint Elizabeth’s.
“I am very excited to add Rick to our coaching staff. He has plenty of experience coaching in the BIG EAST Conference, is very familiar with our program and the level we compete at and he has a good eye for talent in recruiting,” said Nolan. “He will be working primarily with our goalkeepers and will bring all of his experience and work ethic to many other areas in our program. Lastly, he is a quality human being and will complement Kristen, Naomi and myself in so many ways. I am grateful to have such a top staff as we look to keep our program nationally prominent and an annual contender for the BIG EAST crown.”
During his tenure for the Pirates, Stainton’s squads won the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award in each of the five seasons and 110 Pirates were selected to the Big East All-Academic Team. On the pitch, SHU recorded a total of 18 shutouts and had a BIG EAST All-Freshman Team recognition.
Before making his way to Seton Hall, Stainton spent a year at Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck Campus, where he held his first head coaching position at the Division I level. During his short stint at FDU, Stainton led the team to an 8-8-4 record and 4-1-3 in the Northeast Conference, its second best conference record in school history up to that point. With the 4-1-3 conference record, the Knights earned the number two seed in the NEC playoffs. In the semifinals, FDU fell in heartbreaking fashion to two-time conference champions LIU-Brooklyn, 2-1 in double overtime.
Prior to FDU, Stainton was an assistant coach for the women’s team at Seton Hall. During his first season, the Pirates finished 9-8-3, winning its first BIG EAST Tournament game since 1999. The team was regionally ranked by NSCAA for five weeks, had 11 player of the week recognitions and received the NCSAA Team Academic Award for a 3.5 cumulative GPA. In his second season as an assistant with the Pirates, he helped lead the squad to a four-week regional ranking by NCSAA, awarded the NCSAA Team Academic Award for a 3.4 cumulative GPA and had a player tie the school record for assists in a season.
Adding on to an already impressive resume, Stainton was a part of the New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC 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.
Outside of coaching, Stainton was an Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations Administrator at Seton Hall, as well as the Athletic Director at Saint Rose High School for three years. Stainton also owns his own business, Stainton Sport Enterprises, LLC, is an 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 degree in Leisure Resource Facilities Management. While at Green Mountain, Stainton was named the NAIA Northeast Region MVP and First Team Mayflower All-Conference. In 2002, Stainton was inducted into the Green Mountain College Athletic Hall of Fame.