Phil Stephenson is fresh off his 16th season on the Texas A&M staff, including serving as Associate Head Coach the last four seasons.
The 2014 campaign represented the grandest in school history and Stephenson was rewarded with the honor of being named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America South Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
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 1999 and earned a promotion to Associate Head Coach in December 2010. Texas A&M has advanced to the NCAA Championship in all 16 of his seasons on the staff, including 12 trips to the Sweet 16 and five appearances in the Elite Eight.
During his 16 seasons, A&M has claimed eight conference regular-season crowns and six league tournament titles.
Stephenson joined the Aggie program after four years as head coach at Methodist College in Fayetteville, N.C., where he led the Lady Monarchs to the 1995 NCAA Division III national championship match. In the same year, Stephenson was named Conference and South Region Coach of the Year.
During his tenure, Methodist posted a 42-28-3 (.596) record and placed among the top three in the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference each season, including winning the conference crown in 1995. His teams hold conference and school records for most wins in a season (18) and longest winning streak (13). Stephenson chaired the NCAA South Regional Committee and sat on the Division III Women's Soccer Championships Committee while at Methodist.
Prior to Methodist College, he was the Director of Coaching for Buffalo and western New York; and as the Coach of the Germania Harriers boys U-19 squad, took the team to the Snickers Eastern Regional Youth Championships. Stephenson also worked with the Buffalo Blizzard in the National Professional Soccer League.
Stephenson was the assistant men's soccer coach at Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pa., from 1990-1994. During that time, his team claimed two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference crowns and reached the NCAA Division II quarterfinals in 1994 while being lauded as the highest scoring Division II team in the country.
Other credentials to Stephenson's credit include an A-license from the United States Soccer Federation and the Advanced National Diploma awarded by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Additionally, he served as the Director of Coaching for the High Point Soccer Association in High Point, N.C.
Stephenson is the former head coach of the Region III Olympic Development Program (ODP). With a wealth of international experience, Stephenson led teams that have played all over Europe as well as Mexico and Costa Rica. In 2005, he was named the assistant coach for the ODP Adidas All-Star team that competed in Scotland, Germany and Holland. As an age group Coach for Region III ODP, Stephenson's teams have won six inter-regional championships.
Never too far away from youth soccer, Stephenson has also coached ODP teams in Pennsylvania, New York and North Carolina. In 2004, his Aggieland Soccer Club Boys '90 team won the South Texas Super Two Championship.
A native of Hornsea, England, Stephenson received his B.S. in 1987 from Lock Haven University. As a player, the former England Schoolboy trialist was a four-year all-conference and all-regional selection and was selected as one of the top 25 players of the century for Lock Haven. The three-time team captain earned PSAC MVP and first team All-America honors as a senior.
In 2003, he earned National Assistant Coach of the Year honors by AFLAC and Scholastic Coach & Athletic Director magazine.
Stephenson and his wife, the former Lori Silvasy, herself an all-American soccer player and assistant coach on the A&M soccer team, reside in College Station with their two children, Brittany and Christopher.