Stephanie Webb accepted the challenge of returning Earlham College women's soccer into contention for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title when she was named the program's head coach on April 24, 2020. The former NCAA Division I all-conference performer brings 10 years of coaching experience to her new duties with Earlham women's soccer, including three seasons as a Division III head coach battling in one of the toughest Division III women's soccer conferences in the country.
“I am beyond excited to have Coach Webb join our team as the new leader of the Earlham women's soccer program,” said Julie Kline, Earlham’s senior director of athletics, at the time of Webb's hiring. “Her extensive coaching experience, strong work ethic, relentless recruiting efforts, ability to develop players, and ability to create a positive culture will elevate our women's soccer program to new heights.”
“It was clear throughout the search process that Coach Webb’s priorities and philosophy were aligned with the direction we are heading as a department. Coach Webb is a win for our women's soccer program, as well as a win for our team within Earlham Athletics,” said Kline.
Webb comes to Earlham from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she led the Guilford Quakers for the past three seasons.
In their most recent campaign, Webb guided the Guilford Quakers to a 6-9-3 overall record in 2019, outscoring their opponents 35 to 27 along the way. Over Webb’s three seasons at the helm, Guilford women’s soccer lowered its team goals against average from 2.02 down to 1.446, fourth-best GAA in program history. Overall, she posted an 18-24-1 record between 2017 and 2019 as Guilford’s head women’s soccer coach while competing in the challenging Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
In addition to leading the women’s soccer program, Webb was a member of the College’s Advancement Committee, and served on the search committee for a new athletics director at Guilford.
Off the field, Webb’s Guilford squad proved to be accomplished in the classroom as well with a 3.58 team GPA in 2019, and 19 student-athletes posting individual GPAs of 3.50-or-better.
Concurrent with her coaching duties at Guilford, Webb served as a coach with the N.C. Fusion club program, and she was a group director with the U.S. Youth Soccer North Carolina Olympic Development Program.
"I am very fortunate and excited to join such a great institution as Earlham College. I would like to thank the search committee and Julie Kline for the opportunity to lead the women's soccer team at Earlham,” said Webb. “During the interview process, it was clear to me the importance of community, collaboration, and the culture of excellence within the Athletics Department. Those are all things that are very important to me.”
“The team is very eager to compete at a high level in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, and I believe we have a great foundation to accomplish this. I can't wait to get started and am excited to get the team onto the pitch and create good training habits and a compete-to-win mentality,” said Webb.
Prior to accepting the position at Guilford, Webb was an assistant coach at Division II Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.) in 2016-17.
Webb was the associate head coach at Division I University of North Dakota for the 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons, serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator while also facilitating game scheduling, team travel, community service, and budget management. Among her recruits at North Dakota were Katie Moller, the 2018 Summit League Player of the Year, United Soccer Coaches Second Team All-American, and finalist for the Senior CLASS Award; and Catherine Klein, who went on to earn 2017 Big Sky Conference Goalkeeper of the Year honors. While at North Dakota, Webb was the director of coaching for the Greater Grand Forks Soccer club, mentoring and managing coaches for teams in the U8 to U18 age group.
Webb returned to her alma mater, Stetson University for the 2012 season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, after beginning her coaching career at Central Michigan University as a graduate assistant for the 2010 and 2011 campaigns. In her two seasons with the Chippewas, CMU women’s soccer posted a combined 31-8-4 overall record, capturing the 2010 Mid-American Conference regular-season and tournament titles.
Her coaching resume also includes club coaching experience in Florida, New Jersey, and her native England.
A 2009 Stetson University graduate, the integrative health sciences major appeared in 25 career games with six starts. She was named to the 2008 Atlantic Sun Academic All-Conference team. The Portsmouth, England, native started her college career at Division II Texas A&M International University where she played in 29 career contests. Webb transferred to Stetson after two productive seasons and remains one of the Dustdevils’ career leaders in goals (16) and points (36). She led the team with 10 goals and 22 points as a sophomore.
Webb earned a master’s degree in sport administration from Central Michigan University in 2012. She holds a Union of European Football Association (UEFA) B Part 2 Coaching Badge, an Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and a National Youth License.