Widener University Women's Soccer Camps  |  Coaching Staff

Jennifer Stone  |  Assistant Coach

Jennifer Stone is in her second year as an assistant coach with the Widener Women’s Soccer team. She assists Head Coach Dan Blank with all aspects of the program.

A native from Cherry Hill, N.J., Stone earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Ramapo College of New Jersey in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. On the field, she was a two-time NJAC Honorable Mention All-Conference selection for Women’s Soccer and served as team Captain her senior season at Ramapo. She helped anchor Ramapo’s defense all four years while contributing two career goals. She was selected to the Ramapo College Athletic Director’s All-Academic Team all four years.

Jennifer also participated in the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as a Women’s Soccer representative from her Sophomore – Senior year and was named Co-President of SAAC her senior year. She also served as Vice President of Chi Alpha Sigma (2013-2014). Jennifer earned various leadership awards including  Outstanding Leadership by a Senior (2014) and Who’s Who Among American Universities (2013).

In addition to her coaching duties, Stone. She is currently gaining relevant work experience as an Account Manager at Front Rush, an athletic recruiting software for college coaches.

Niko Alexopolous  |  Assistant Coach

Bio. coming soon!




Fran Schmutz  |  Assistant Coach

Schmutz enters his first year on the Widener staff and specializes in the technical development of players. In addition to his coaching duties, Schmutz serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator. He has worked as an assistant women's soccer coach at Mount Aloysius College, specializing in recruiting. He helped guide the Mounties to a 14-3-2 record last year and a berth in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title match. Schmutz has also spent time as the Director of Youth Development for Deptford Premier FC and SDS.
As a player, he appeared in 49 matches, starting 46, during three seasons at Albright on the back line. He posted five assists in his career and found the back of the net once, against Stevenson on October 20, 2012.
Schmutz is a native of Cherry Hill, N.J.

Autumn Herring  |  Assistant Coach

Autumn Herring is in her third season as an assistant coach with the Widener women’s soccer team. She assists head coach Dan Blank with all aspects of the program.

Herring, a native from Barnegat, N.J, was a standout student-athlete on the women’s soccer team at Ramapo. She accumulated 38 points on 12 goals and 14 assists in her career and earned All-New Jersey Athletic Conference postseason laurels all four years at Ramapo, which included earning a place on the first team as a senior captain in 2015. Furthermore, the midfielder was actively involved with the athletics department as a team representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Herring gained significant experience with coaching soccer to youth players of all ages. She conducted one-on-one training sessions, trained academy level teams and ran her own specialized classes. In addition, she helped coach boys and girls between the U-10 and U-18 age groups during Ramapo summer camp and coaching clinics.

Herring graduated from Ramapo College with a degree in communications in 2016. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Public Administration from Widener in the summer of 2018.