Lori Stephenson is fresh off her 14th season on the Texas A&M staff. She supplements one of the best soccer staffs in the country with her soccer knowledge and impressive organization skills.
With Stephenson’s assistance, Texas A&M experienced a historic campaign in 2014, setting a school record for wins on the way to its first-ever College Cup appearance. The Maroon and White went 22-3-2 on the season and won the SEC Double with a regular-season crown and tournament title. The Aggies became the first team to earn the SEC Double in back-to-back seasons since Florida in 2001. They also became the first SEC team since Florida in 2001 to advance to the College Cup.
Stephenson joined the Aggies’ staff in 2001. Texas A&M has advanced to the NCAA Championship in all 14 of her seasons on the staff, including 10 trips to the Sweet 16 and five appearances in the Elite Eight.
During her 14 seasons, A&M has claimed eight conference regular-season crowns and six league tournament titles.
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.