Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey, is the winningest coach in the history of Division I women’s hockey, as she has amassed 429 victories over the course of her storied career. One of the most successful coaches in the history of the women’s collegiate game, Stone has spent all 20 of her seasons as a head coach with the Crimson.
In 2014-15, Stone guided Harvard to perhaps its best season in five years, reaching the NCAA National Championship game versus the University of Minnesota. The Crimson finished as National Runners-Up to the Gophers, but the season was remarkable as Harvard ended 2014-15 with a Beanpot title, an Ivy League title and as ECAC Regular Season and Tournament champions, going 27-6-3 (16-4-2 ECAC, 8-2 Ivy). Under her tutelage, Sarah Edney became the 11th Crimson to earn All-America honors, and also was named the ECAC's Best Defenseman. Along with Edney, four skaters earned All-ECAC honors and five earned All-Ivy accolades.
The 2013-14 season marked the first time since 1993-94 that Stone had not been on the bench with Harvard, as she served as the head coach of the United States Olympic Women's Ice Hockey team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Stone was named the head coach of the 2014 United States Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team on June 8, 2012. As the first-ever female head coach of a USA Hockey team in the Olympics, Stone led the Americans to the silver medal in Sochi, taking part in the gold medal game versus rival Canada.
Prior to her time in Sochi, she led the USA to gold at the 2013 IIHF Women's World Championships, where the United States upended Canada, 3-2. Before that, Stone led the Red, White and Blue to silver at the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship in Burlington, Vt., and gold at the 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship in Zurich, Switzerland. Aside from the success on the World Championships stage, Stone has guided the Americans in five Four Nations Cups in total, including leading the U.S. to gold in 2008, 2011 and 2012.
While in Cambridge, Stone has led the Crimson to an incredible 429-177-38 (.697) record in her tenure following the 2014-15 campaign, including the 1999 AWCHA national championship, four appearances in the NCAA championship game (2003, 2004, 2005, 2015), 11 NCAA tournament appearances in the event’s 15-year history, seven ECAC regular-season titles, six ECAC tournament championships, eight Ivy League titles and 11 Beanpots. Stone is just the fourth coach in women’s college hockey history to win 300 games and became the first to reach the 400-win plateau during the 2012-13 campaign.
Stone, who appeared 33rd on New England Hockey Journal’s “Top 50 Most Influential People in New England Hockey,” took the coaching reins from John Dooley prior to the 1994-95 season and posted a 12-11-2 mark in her first year at the helm. The squad finished just under .500 over the next three seasons, but Stone orchestrated an extraordinary turnaround within the program, improving from 14-16-0 in 1997-98 to a program-record 33-1-0 and claiming a national championship in 1998-99. That year, the team closed the season with 30 consecutive victories, culminating in a thrilling 6-5 overtime win over New Hampshire in the AWCHA National Championship.
In addition to the team success, some of the best individual talent in the sport of women’s hockey has laced its skates in Cambridge. In 20 years behind the bench, Stone has continued to develop talent and attract attention on the national and international stages. She has coached 11 Olympians – including four who competed in the 2014 Sochi Games – and six of the 17 winners of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented annually to the nation’s best collegiate women’s hockey player.
Crimson skaters have earned All-America honors a total of 23 times since 1999, including Jennifer Botterill ’02-03 and Angela Ruggiero ’02-04, the first players to be four-time first-team All-Americans. In addition, Harvard has had nine ECAC Players of the Year, 10 Ivy League Players of the Year, four ECAC Rookies of the Year and six Ivy League Rookies of the Year.
After leading the Crimson to the 1999 national championship, Stone received ECAC/KOHO and New England Hockey Writers’ Coach of the Year honors. In addition, she was named the American Hockey Coaches Association Women’s Coach of the Year and the New England College Athletic Conference Women’s Division I Coach of the Year. Stone repeated as the New England Hockey Writers’ Coach of the Year for the 2000-01 season.
She went on to lead Harvard to three-straight NCAA title game appearances (2003-05), three-straight ECAC regular season titles (2003-05) and ECAC tournament titles (2004-06) and the only back-to-back 30-win seasons in program history in 2003-04 and 2004-05. Harvard also spent 14 consecutive weeks atop the national polls during the 2002-03 season.
Stone helped the Crimson become the second team in ECAC women’s hockey history to finish the conference season with a perfect record, leading the 2007-08 squad to a 22-0-0 mark in league play. She was named ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year at the end of the season, the third time she earned the award (1999, 2005, 2008). Two years later, Stone broke the NCAA Division I wins record, as she earned the 338th victory in her legendary coaching career with a 5-1 win over Princeton in Game 1 of the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals.
Stone has been an integral voice in the sport of women’s hockey. She served as a member of the NCAA Championship committee, the NCAA rules committee, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award selection committee and president of the American Women’s Hockey Coaches Association.
Stone has been very active within the U.S. National Development Camps and started her affiliation with the U.S. National Team in 1996. Stone led the U.S. to the gold medal at the first-ever IIHF World Women's U18 Championship in January 2008 and also coached the U.S. Women's Under-18 Team at the 2007 Under-18 Series and the U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team at the 2006 Under-22 Series.
Stone graduated from New Hampshire in 1989 with a degree in physical education. She was a captain and four-year letterwinner in both hockey and lacrosse for the Wildcats. Stone helped the hockey team win ECAC championships in 1986 and 1987 and the lacrosse team capture an NCAA title in 1985. She earned All-ECAC honors in hockey and was a two-time All-America selection in lacrosse. Stone was recently honored with the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award and inducted into the UNH Athletics Hall of Fame as a result of her achievements both in and outside of athletics.
Before coming to Harvard, Stone served as assistant athletic director and coach at Tabor Academy and also had coaching stints at Northfield Mount Hermon and Phillips Exeter Academy.
Her family is deeply rooted in athletics as her father and siblings have all been involved with coaching and education.
A native of Watertown, Conn., Stone now resides in Arlington, Mass.
Team Honors Under Katey Stone
• Beanpot Titles (11): 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2015
• Ivy League Championships (8): 1999, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015
• ECAC Regular Season Titles (7): 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2015
• ECAC Tournament Championships (6): 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2015
• AWCHA National Championships (1): 1999
• All-American Tournament Titles (1): 1997
• NCAA Tournament Appearances (11): 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015
• NCAA Frozen Four Appearances (6): 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2015
• NCAA Championship Appearances (4): 2003, 2004, 2005, 2015