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Phoenix Rising FC appoints Danny Stone as new Head Coach

By Staff, 01/18/24, 7:17PM EST


Stone has served as assistant coach at club for past three seasons, helped guide side to USL Championship title in 2023

Phoenix Rising FC has appointed Danny Stone as its new Head Coach, promoting the former assistant from the position he has held the past three seasons. | Photo courtesy Phoenix Rising FC

PHOENIX – Phoenix Rising FC announced on Thursday night the club had named Danny Stone as its new Head Coach as the side prepares for the defense of its USL Championship title.

“After a thorough and thoughtful search, we are confident that Danny is the right leader to guide our team into the next chapter of success,” said Phoenix Rising FC President Bobby Dulle.  “He has been an integral part of our organization over the years, both with our youth club and the first team, demonstrating exceptional professionalism, tactical expertise and the ability to do what is necessary at any given moment to help the club succeed on and off the field.

“Danny has a clear understanding of our club’s vision and we are confident his leadership will propel our team to new heights. We look forward to witnessing the continued growth of Phoenix Rising under his guidance.”

Stone has served as an assistant coach with Rising FC since March 9, 2021, helping the club earn the best record in the Western Conference (20-5-7) in his first season. Rising amassed a record of 48-31-26 in league play in the three seasons Stone served as an assistant coach, culminating in the club’s first USL Championship title and third Western Conference Championship in November.

“What we were able to achieve together as a group in 2023 was incredible,” said Stone. “I am delighted to have been part of that journey and feel we have put in place a strong foundation to build upon in 2024. The staff and players together are all looking forward to the challenge that the new season will bring.” 

Prior to joining Rising FC, Stone served as an assistant coach with USL Championship side OKC Energy FC during the 2019-20 seasons. He began his coaching career with Major League Soccer side, Colorado Rapids in 2010, where he helped establish the franchise’s youth academy structure. Stone served as an assistant coach for the Rapids from 2015-18.

“I’m very proud to be given the opportunity to manage this organization,” said Stone. “I have a long history with Phoenix as a City. I cannot wait to reconnect with the community and interact with Rising fans. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with this team. I want our fans to know we will all be working hard to continue to bring success to Phoenix.”

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