San Diego State women's golf coach Neale Stoner has worn many has during his career in collegiate athletics. But none of them seems to fit quite as comfortably as the one he's currently wearing - college golf coach.
Stoner, who played a major role in the re-birth of both the Aztec men's and women' golf programs in 1993 by securing funding sponsorship from the Aldila and Callaway corporations, is in his first year guiding the Aztec women after a successful seven-year run with SDSU's men.
While serving as SDSU's men's golf coach through the 2000 season, Stoner led a dramatic resurgence in the once-dormant program. In 1999, he was rewarded for his hard work as the Aztecs advanced to their first NCAA Championship since 1984.
Prior to becoming involved with Aztec golf, the Sioux Falls, S.D. native worked for numerous years in athletic administration, including stints as athletics director at Cal State Fullerton (1972-79)
After a two-year hiatus from athletics, Stoner was named executive director of the California Raisin Bowl in 1990. He served in that capacity until '92, securing sponsorship and network television coverage for the game.
A 1962 graduate of Cal State Fullerton, Stoner played both basketball and tennis while matriculating at the southern California school. He took his first full-time position in athletics as assistant athletics director and head basketball coach at UC San Diego. He went on to coach basketball at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo from 1969 to '72 before returning to his alma mater as athletics director.
Stoner, who received a master's in education from Cal Poly in 1975, is married. He and his wife, Lynda, have five children.