Bemidji State Soccer earns first NCAA Tournament bid in program history
The Bemidji State University soccer team has earned an at-large bid into the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Championships and will play Augustana University in the first round of the Central Regional Tournament. The announcement came this afternoon on a live NCAA Tournament selection show aired on NCAA.com. The Central Regional will be held at Jennies Soccer Field in Warrensburg, Mo. Nov. 10 and 12. Read More
Bemidji State'sSoccer sweeps NSIC Individual Awards
The Bemijdi State University soccer team swept the 2017 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference individual awards announced today by the league office. Rachael Norton was named Offensive Player of the Year, Miranda Famestad was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year, Catherine Arneson earned Goaltender of the Year, Allyson Smith got the Freshman of the Year nod and Jim Stone was named Coach of the Year. Read More
Entering his 16th season as head coach, Jim Stone is the winningest coach in Bemidji State University soccer history. Prior to his arrival in 2002, BSU had an overall record of 13-80-3. In 15 seasons since, his BSU teams have accounted for over 92 percent (152) of the program’s total victories (165), which includes matching a program record with 14 wins (14-5-1) in 2016, and have missed the NSIC Tournament just one time in the last 12 seasons.
Stone inherited a 4-12-1 squad in 2002 and quickly put the building blocks in place for success. Stone’s 2004 team assembled the program’s first double digit win total, with and overall record of 11-12-0, and made a run to the NSIC Tournament semifinals in the Beavers’ first appearance in the postseason event. BSU’s 12-4-7 record in 2005 left the team above the .500 mark for the first time and since, has assembled a string of 12 consecutive seasons at .500 or above and an overall record of 132-79-24 (.613).
A two-time NSIC Coach of the Year (2016 and 2005), Stone has the highest win percentage of any head coach in BSU history, along with the most wins (152). He is also the only coach in BSU soccer history with a winning record in conference play.
Ryzard Gorski is in his first season as assistant coach on the Bemidji State Soccer coaching staff. His responsibilities will include: planning and implementing practice sessions, goalkeeper training, scouting reports and assisting with travel arrangements, among others.
Gorski comes to Bemidji State from the Valparaiso Soccer Club in Phoenix, Ariz., where he has served as the Director of Goalkeeping. He got his first taste of head coaching responsibilities at South Mountain Community College, where he oversaw all aspects of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) program for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Gorski spent 2014 at NCAA Division I Hofstra University, as assistant coach/goalkeeper coach of the men’s soccer program. He lead goalkeeper training and development, oversaw academic and social enrichment of all their student-athletes, and was the director of the Hofstra College ID Summer Camp. â€¨The team went 10-6-3 and qualified for the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championships, while Gorski’s goalkeepers combined for a 1.01 goals against average and seven shutouts.