Dec. 20, 2010

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -

Texas A&M Director of Athletics Bill Byrne and Texas A&M soccer promoted assistant coach Phil Stephenson to associate head coach Monday.

Stephenson (Lock Haven, ’87) has spent the past 12 seasons as an assistant coach for the Aggies, helping the program to 12 NCAA Tournament berths and four NCAA quarterfinal appearances, and accumulating a 204-64-18 overall record. Since joining the Texas A&M soccer team in February of 1999, the program has won nine Big 12 trophies.

“Phil has proven himself as one of the best soccer coaches in America,” said head coach G Guerrieri. “His experience and success at the collegiate level as well as a leading coach with the U. S. Olympic Development Program has been outstanding. All we have done at A&M since his arrival in Aggieland is win and be in contention for championships.

"He has been a great resource for me in recruiting, training, and developing our players over his 12 seasons at Texas A&M. Phil's influence on our success and the day-to-day operations of the program has always been more than that of an assistant coach, so this promotion to associate head coach is fitting and well-deserved. We know that even with the many successes we've experienced over the years our best days are still ahead, especially with Phil and the coaching staff currently in place.”

Prior to A&M, Stephenson was the head coach at Methodist College in Fayetteville, N.C., for four years. He led the Lady Monarchs to the 1995 Division III NCAA Championship match and posted a 42-28-3 record overall. The Hornsea, England, native is also a former head coach of the Region III Olympic Development Program and several youth teams. In 2003 he was named the AFLAC/Scholastic Coach & Athletic Director Magazine National Assistant Coach of the Year.