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Rick Stein, Head Coach

Rick Stein '92 needs just seven wins to become the University of Southern Indiana women's basketball program's all-time leader in victories as he enters his 10th season at the helm of the Screaming Eagles.

Stein, in 17 seasons as an assistant coach and head coach for USI women's basketball, has had a hand in 312 of the program's 460 victories (67.8 percent of USI's all-time wins).

The 2001 GLVC Coach of the Year has been a major factor in four conference championships, three GLVC Tournament titles, all seven of USI's NCAA II Tournament appearances, and two NCAA II Elite Eight appearances.

In 2008-09, Stein will have a solid group of returning players and an excellent recruiting class to mix together as he looks to get the Eagles back to the top of one of the toughest conferences in Division II.

Last season, Stein's Eagles were one of the most competitive groups in the GLVC despite their 10-17 overall mark and 5-14 record in league play. His team held second-half leads in nearly every contest in  a league that featured six NCAA II Tournament teams and the 2008 national champions.

In 2006-07, Stein guided the Eagles to a 16-12 overall record, 10-9 in the GLVC, and back to the GLVC Tournament. His squad also earned a victory over eventual NCAA II Great Lakes Region champion Drury University.

The 2005-06 season saw Stein lead the Eagles to a 15-15 overall record, 7-12 in the GLVC, despite losing nearly 70 percent of his team's offensive output and nearly 80 percent of his squad's rebounding output from the previous season.

His squad battled through multiple injuries to post a 14-14 overall record, 7-13 in the GLVC, and qualify for the GLVC Tournament in 2004-05.

In 2003-04, Stein led the Eagles to the program's seventh twenty win season, posting a 20-10 mark and a 12-8 record in the GLVC. His Eagles returned to the NCAA II Tournament for the seventh time in the program's history, the third-most of in women's program in GLVC history.

Despite a rough 2002-03 campaign, Stein and his coaching staff brought in a strong recruiting class that set the stage for a return to national competitiveness. In 2003-04, USI had the sixth-best turnaround in Division II, with USI improving by 12 wins from the previous year.

In 2002-03, Stein and the Eagles were forced into a rebuilding year after losing five seniors and more than 60 points and 25 rebounds per game from the 2001-02 squad. With only one returning starter, Stein and his staff had a young team competing for a spot in the GLVC Tournament late in the season and finished the year with an 8-19 overall record.

The 2001-02 season saw Stein's Eagles post a 27-6 overall record, 16-4 GLVC, win a second straight GLVC Championship, and appear in the NCAA II Great Lakes Region Tournament for the second straight season. Stein also led the Eagles into the national spotlight with his squad being ranked nationally for 37 consecutive weeks between December 2000 and December 2002.

In just his second season at the helm, Stein led USI to a 28-4 record and the biggest season-to-season turnaround in school history (+13 wins). Stein, who earned GLVC Coach of the Year honors, directed the Eagles to the GLVC Championship, GLVC Tournament Championship, an NCAA II Tournament appearance, and an appearance in the NCAA II Elite Eight for the second time in the program's history.

Stein went 15-12 overall in 1999-00, tying the record for most victories for a rookie head coach and setting the record for best winning percentage for a rookie coach (.556).

A member of the WBCA, Stein is a 1992 USI graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He joined the Eagles' program in 1991-92 as a student assistant under former Head Coach Chancellor Dugan. He was promoted to head assistant coach in 1994 and promptly helped Dugan and the Eagles to their best season as a varsity sport at USI.

In his eight seasons as an assistant, Stein helped Dugan amass a 159-73 record with four straight NCAA II Tournament appearances (1994-95 to 1997-98) and three GLVC titles. The Eagles were the NCAA II Tournament finalist and produced the first perfect season in GLVC history (20-0) in 1997.

A native of Crete, Illinois, Stein was a two-year starter on USI's menís basketball team from 1989-91. During his tenure as a player, Stein helped USI to an appearance in the NCAA II South Central Region Tournament in 1989-90 and a win over Division I University of Wisconsin in 1990-91. Before joining USIís team, he played basketball at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, and earned an associate degree. Parkland finished as the NJCAA Division II runner-up in 1988 and fourth nationally in 1989.

Stein and his wife Kari have a son Alex and a daughter Mallorie.

Stein at USI

As an Assistant






8 seasons as Assistant Coach; 1 NCAA II Elite Eight appearance; 4 NCAA II Tournament appearances; 3 GLVC Championships; and 2 GLVC Tournament appearances

As the Head Coach



Set USI record for winning percentage and victories by a rookie head coach; GLVC Tournament




GLVC Coach of the Year; GLVC Regular Season co-Champions; GLVC Tournament Champions; NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Champions; NCAA II Elite Eight



GLVC Tournament Champions; 
NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Finalist




Torneo de Basquetbol Champions;
GLVC Tournament semifinalist;
NCAA II Tournament appearance


GLIAC/GLVC Challenge Champions;
GLVC Tournament




GLVC Tournament


Received votes in USA Today/WBCA Top 25 poll


153-109 (.584)

1 NCAA II Elite Eight appearance; 3 NCAA II Tournament appearances; 1 GLVC Championship; 2 GLVC Tournament Championships

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