Lori Stephenson is in her 13th year as an assistant coach for the Texas A&M soccer team. She has improved one of the best soccer staffs in the country with her wealth of soccer knowledge and impressive organization skills.
In her time with A&M, Stephenson has helped the Aggies to 10 conference titles and 12 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including four stops in the Elite Eight round.
Stephenson came to Texas A&M from Blinn College in Bryan, Texas, where she was an instructor of biology from 1999 to 2000. Stephenson was also a biology instructor at Methodist College in Fayetteville, N.C., for the three previous years.
While at Methodist College, Stephenson was named the interim head soccer coach in 1999. She was previously involved in the North Carolina and Region III Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP), serving both organizations as head coach and assistant coach while living in North Carolina from 1986-90 and when she returned to the state from 1995-96.
In addition to her duties with the A&M soccer team, Stephenson developed the Brazos Mystic '89 girls team from a recreational team to a South Texas Division I competitor. The Mystic '89 team won state championship titles in the Texas State Cup (2003), the President's Cup State Championship (2004, 2005), and were finalists in the Director's Cup Southern Region National Championship in 2005.
A 1984 graduate of Reid Ross High School in Fayetteville, N.C., Stephenson earned a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Methodist College in 1988 and later earned her master's degree in cellular and molecular biology from Roswell Park Cancer Institute at the University of Buffalo.
An accomplished player, Stephenson was a member of the inaugural women's soccer team at Methodist College and started all four years of her playing career from 1984-87. She led the Lady Monarchs to the Dixie Athletic Conference Championship in 1985, 1986 and 1987, and to berths in the NCAA Division III National Championship both of the seasons the NCAA sponsored the event. Stephenson served as the Monarchs' team captain for three years and earned multiple all-conference honors. In addition to being on the soccer team, she spent two years on the tennis team.
For her efforts on the field, Stephenson was an All-America selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America following the 1986 season as well as being named the North Carolina Female Athlete of the Year.
For her efforts in the classroom, Stephenson earned Academic All-America citations from Adidas following the 1986 and 1987 seasons.
The former Lori Silvasy is married to A&M soccer Associate Head Coach Phil Stephenson. The couple resides in College Station and has two children, Brittany and Christopher.