From Staff reports
Northeastern State announced the hiring of Amanda Stone as the school’s new women’s tennis coach on Thursday.
Stone returns to Tahlequah after spending the last two years at the University of Rochester (N.Y.), where she served as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s tennis programs. Her responsibilities with the YellowJackets included organizing, scheduling and planning daily practices, budget management, recruiting, marketing, and player development.
“Amanda Stone is an outstanding addition to our NSU Athletics team,” said Tony Duckworth, NSU’s athletic director. “Her intercollegiate coaching knowledge, corporate and tennis pro experience, and background as a stellar Division I and Division II student-athlete embodies the characteristics we sought during this national search. Coach Stone is a rising star and will lead our program to new heights.”
She graduated cum laude from NSU in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications and a minor in studio art. She is currently working towards a Master of Science degree in marketing at Rochester.
Stone attended Northeastern State from 2004-2007, where she served as one half of the top doubles tandem and played anywhere from No. 3 to No. 5 singles. She made two national tournament appearances, attained a No. 11 national doubles ranking in 2007 and posted an undefeated singles mark her senior year.
Her first collegiate stop, after graduating from Claremore High School, was at Oral Roberts, where she played basketball during her freshman campaign.
“I appreciate President (Steve) Turner and Tony Duckworth giving me the opportunity to return to NSU tennis as the head coach,” Stone said. “As a player at NSU, I was part of a team that achieved a top 15 national ranking and as a coach I hope to compete on the same level. I’m excited for the spring season and moving forward with the team.”
Stone worked at Garmin International as a consumer technical writer prior to attending graduate school (2008-2011). She has also served as an assistant tennis pro at Indian Springs Country Club in Tulsa (2007) and as an assistant coach for Girls on the Run (2010-2011).
Stone will begin her responsibilities in January 2013.