In the last four seasons, Lisa Stone has led the Wisconsin women's basketball program to unprecedented success. The Badgers have advanced to four-consecutive post-season appearances and have also set the UW season record for most wins.
In 2009-10, Wisconsin qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002 and for only the seventh time in program history. The Badgers also tied for third in the Big Ten Conference regular-season standings, tying the second-highest finish in program history, and advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the second-straight season. Stone was honored by her peers, being named the Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Stone won her 100th game at Wisconsin in December of 2009 and has a seven-year mark of 112-104. She ranks among the top-30 active Division I coaches nationally in winning percentage at .687 with a 25-year record of 487-222.
Coach of the Year
2010 Big Ten Conference (Coaches)
2001 WBCA All-Star Coach
Missouri Valley Conference
2000 Women's Division III News National
1997 WBCA Division III National
WBCA District VII
1992 WBCA District VI
Jolene Anderson, UW - Connecticut Sun, France
Janese Banks, UW - Ukraine, Switzerland
Carla Bennett, Drake - Minnesota Lynz
Danille Ward, UW - Germany
Jordan Wilson, UW - Spain, Austria, Luxembourg
2010 NCAA Division I First Round: 0-1
2009 WNIT Sweet 16: 1-1
2008 WNIT Second Round: 0-1
2007 WNIT Championship Game: 4-1
2002 NCAA Division I Sweet 16: 2-1
2001 NCAA Division I First Round: 0-1
2000 NCAA Division III Sweet 16: 1-1
1999 NCAA Division III Regional: 1-1
1998 NCAA Division III Regional: 1-1
1997 NCAA Division III Championship Game: 5-1
1996 NCAA Division III Elite Eight: 3-1
1995 NCAA Division III Elite Eight: 3-1
1994 NCAA Division III Final Four: 4-1
1993 NCAA Division III Sweet 16: 1-1
1992 NCAA Division III Elite Eight: 2-1
1990 NCAA Division III Regional: 1-1
1989 NCAA Division III Elite Eight: 2-1
Individual National Recognition
Jolene Anderson - USA Basketball U21 Team, 2007
Jolene Anderson - USA Basketball U20 Team, 2006
Jolene Anderson - USA Basketball U19 Team, 2005
Jolene Anderson - Kodak Dist. IV All-American, 2007, '08
Carla Bennett, Drake - Kodak Dist. IV All-American
2 Kodak District All-America Honors
10 All-Big Ten Honorees
1 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
2 Big Ten All-Freshman Team Members
42 Academic All-Big Ten Honors
UW has put together four-straight winning seasons, including two 20-plus win seasons, under Stone. Wisconsin was 21-11 in 2009-10 and in 2006-07, set a program record for wins with a 23-13 mark. The Badgers have competed in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) the previous three seasons, advancing to the championship game in 2006-07.
The Badgers began the 2008-09 season with 10-straight wins, tying as the second-longest winning streak in school history. The team won 19 games, marking only the 11th time in program history the UW won 19-or-more games. In the last two seasons, Stone's team have ranked among the top teams in the nation in scoring defense, including a No. 24 ranking in 2009-10. The Badgers also led the Big Ten, allowing just 56.2 points per game, this past season.
Stone faced a major refurbishing project when she took over at UW in 2003. She had the first losing season of her career in 2003-04, as she took a team that finished 7-21 in 2003, to a 10-17 record in 2004. The Badgers went 12-16 in her second season and 11-18 her third season before taking a big leap forward in 2006-07.
Individually, Jolene Anderson set Wisconsin's all-time scoring record in 2008 with 2,312 points. Anderson was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and was named the 2008 Big Ten Player of the Year by members of the media. Current Badger Alyssa Karel earned second-team honors in 2009-10 while Rae Lin D'Alie was a third-team pick in 2009-10 and Janese Banks was a third-team pick in 2007-08.
In the last three years, Stone's teams have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) or above.
Just as important to Stone as a winning record is having student-athletes who are successful in the classroom. Twenty-one individuals have garnered 42 Academic All-Big Ten honors during her seven-year tenure at Wisconsin. Karel is also a two-time ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District V honoree.
A Wisconsin native from nearby Oregon, Stone came to Wisconsin from Drake University where she served as head coach for three years, taking the Bulldogs to the 2002 NCAA Sweet 16. While at Drake, her 2001 team ranked sixth nationally and her 2002 team ranked 15th nationally in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Academic Top 25.
Stone was 64-27 (.703) in three seasons at Drake. With a 25-8 record, her 2002 team had the best record and the highest national ranking (20th) at the school in 20 years. Drake was 23-7 in Stone's first season before bowing out in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
She was recognized for her coaching success in 2002 with an invitation to join Team USA as an assistant coach for the gold-medal winning team at the 2002 World Championships Qualifying Tournament in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.
Prior to Drake, Stone built one of the top NCAA Division III programs in the nation at UW-Eau Claire. The two-time national coach of the year and five-time Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) coach of the year, took a program that had only one winning season in its history, and guided 11 teams to 20-win seasons and 11 appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament. She compiled a 277-59 (.824) record in her 12 seasons, which ranks fourth all-time for most wins in the league's history.
In each of Stone's last nine seasons at UW-Eau Claire, the Blugolds won at least 22 games and never lost more than six. UW-Eau Claire completed its best season in 1999-2000, winning its first 28 games before falling in the Division III NCAA Sweet 16 to the eventual national champion.
Stone began her coaching career at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, where she had a 34-32 record in three years as head coach from 1985-88. At 23, she was the youngest four-year college coach in the nation when she led the Rams to three consecutive Southern Division titles in the Midwest Conference.
As a player, Stone (then Anderson) earned four letters each in tennis, basketball and track during her high school career. She led the Oregon Panthers to the Wisconsin state basketball tournament in 1979 and 1980, earning first-team all-state honors as a senior and second-team recognition as a junior.
She played her collegiate ball at the University of Iowa from 1980-84, where she earned her bachelor's degree in physical education in 1984. Stone added a master's degree in athletic administration from Iowa in 1986.
At Iowa, Stone played for one of the country's outstanding coaches in C. Vivian Stringer. She was a four-year standout at point guard, scoring 1,129 points, which ranks 19th in Iowa history. She also ranks eighth in assists (322) and tied for ninth in steals (177). Three times Stone served as Iowa's captain and twice was the Hawkeyes' MVP. She won the 1984 Big Ten Medal of Honor, recognizing her as one of the top scholar-athletes in the conference.
The Stone File
Hometown: Oregon, Wis.
Family: Husband Ed, a certified public accountant, daughter Allison (18) and son Tyler (15)
Education: Bachelor's degree in physical education, Iowa, 1984; Master's degree in athletic administration, Iowa 1986
Coaching Experience: University of Wisconsin, head coach, 2003-present; Drake University, head coach, 2000-03; UW-Eau Claire, head coach, 1988-2000; Cornell College (IA), head coach, 1985-88
Playing Experience: Four-year letterwinner in basketball, tennis and track at Oregon (Wis.) High School, 1976-80; led the Panthers to two state basketball tournament appearances; first-team all-state in basketball as a senior; four-year letterwinner in basketball at the University of Iowa, 1980-84; four-year starter; three-time team captain; two-time team MVP; earned the 1984 Big Ten Medal of Honor for athletic and academic excellence
Year School Record Postseason 1985-86 Cornell College 11-11 1986-87 Cornell College 12-10 1987-88 Cornell College 11-11 3 years 34-32 (.515)
1988-89 UW-Eau Claire 24-4 NCAA Division III Elite Eight 1989-90 UW-Eau Claire 21-6 NCAA Division III Regional 1990-91 UW-Eau Claire 15-10 1991-92 UW-Eau Claire 23-5 NCAA Division III Elite Eight 1992-93 UW-Eau Claire 22-4 NCAA Division III Sweet 16 1993-94 UW-Eau Claire 23-6 NCAA Division III Final Four 1994-95 UW-Eau Claire 24-5 NCAA Division III Elite Eight 1995-96 UW-Eau Claire 25-4 NCAA Division III Elite Eight 1996-97 UW-Eau Claire 27-4 NCAA Division III Championship Game 1997-98 UW-Eau Claire 22-5 NCAA Division III Regional 1998-99 UW-Eau Claire 23-5 NCAA Division III Regional 1999-00 UW-Eau Claire 28-1 NCAA Division III Sweet 16 12 years 277-59 (.824)
2000-01 Drake 23-7 NCAA First Round 2001-02 Drake 25-8 NCAA Sweet 16 2002-03 Drake 16-12 3 years 64-27 (.703)
2003-04 Wisconsin 10-17 2004-05 Wisconsin 12-16 2005-06 Wisconsin 11-18 2006-07 Wisconsin 23-13 WNIT Tournament Runner-up Champions 2007-08 Wisconsin 16-14 WNIT Tournament First Round 2008-09 Wisconsin 19-15 WNIT Tournament Sweet 16 2009-10 Wisconsin 21-11 NCAA First Round 7 years 112-104 (.516)
25 years 487-222 (.687)
USA Basketball Coaching
2002-USA National Team at World Championships for Young Women Qualifying Tournament in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. Stone was assistant coach for the gold medalists.
2010 Alyssa Karel, Second Team (coaches & media); Rae Lin D'Alie, Third Team (media), Honorable Mention (coaches) 2009 Alyssa Karel, Honorable Mention 2008 Jolene Anderson, First Team; Janese Banks, Honorable Mention 2007 Jolene Anderson, First Team; Janese Banks, Honorable Mention 2006 Jolene Anderson, Second Team; Janese Banks, Honorable Mention 2005 Jolene Anderson, Third Team
Big Ten Freshman of the Year
2005 Jolene Anderson
Big Ten All-Freshman Team
2008 Lin Zastrow 2005 Jolene Anderson
Academic All-Big Ten
2010 Teah Gant, Alyssa Karel, Emily Neal, Tara Steinbauer, Alana Trotter, Lin Zastrow 2009 Caitlin Gibson, Teah Gant, Alyssa Karel, Tara Steinbauer, Alana Trotter, Lin Zastrow 2008 Janese Banks, Caitlin Gibson, Annie Crangle, Rae Lin D'Alie, Teah Gant, Brittany Heins, Sarah Ingison 2007 Janese Banks, Caitlin Gibson 2006 Kjersten Bakke, Janese Banks, Annie Nelson, Shari' Welton, Jordan Wilson 2005 Kjersten Bakke, Ebba Gebisa, Annie Nelson, Jordan Wilson 2004 Emily Ashbaugh, Ebba Gebisa, Margaret Gilmartin, Annie Nelson, Erin Olson, Abby Simmons, Jordan Wilson