Ben Stafford
Ben  Stafford


Signal Mountain, TN

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 185


An All-ACC candidate -- A talented striker with a quick release on his shot -- a clutch player who scored six gamewinning goals in 1999 -- can also play in the midfield -- ranks fifth all-time in Deacon history with 53 career points.

1999: Named second team all-ACC -- Started 19 of his 20 games for the Deacs -- led the team in goals (eight), shots (43) and ranked second in total points (19) -- six of his eight goals were game-winners, including games against Coastal Carolina, Vanderbilt, UNC-Greensboro, NC State, High Point and Virginia Commonwealth -- Scored two goals vs. NC State, the first just 16 seconds into the game and the second on a penalty kick -- Tallied the game-winner and assisted on another goal vs. Virginia Commonwealth in the NCAA tournament.

1998: Played in all 19 game, starting 13 at forward -- emerged as one of the team's top offensive threats -- ranked second on the team in overall scoring (20 pts.), as well as in goals (7) and assists (6) -- proved to be a clutch performer, scoring several big goals for the Deacs -- led the team in game-winning goals with three, against Radford, Charleston Southern, and No. 10 South Carolina -- tied his career high with five points vs. Charleston Southern, tallying two goals and an assist -- also notched a goal and an assist in wins over St. Bonaventure, Radford and UNC Asheville -- came on strong down the stretch with four goals and two assists in the last six games.

1997: Played in 18 of 20 games, starting 11 as a freshman -- ranked as the team's fourth-leading scorer with five goals and four assists for 14 points -- made his first career start just three games into the season vs. Radford -- scored his first collegiate goal in Wake's 3-1 loss to No. 13 Virginia -- netted two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist for a career-high five points vs. Appalachian State -- tallied an assist vs. Belmont Abbey and a goal and an assist vs. NC State in the ACC Quarterfinals.

Before WFU: Had an outstanding prep and club career in Tennessee -- A 1997 Parade All-American -- the 1996 Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year -- a first-team all-state and all-region honoree from 1994-96 -- voted McCallie's best all-around athlete -- the 1996 Chattanooga Player of the Year -- an NSCAA All-South pick from 1994-96 -- scored 84 goals in his high school career -- also played with the Hamilton FC club program -- 1995 Tennessee state champions -- an ODP regional team participant -- the 1997 Region III Player of the Year -- an ODP national pool player in '96 -- also participated in football, earning all-region honors as a placekicker -- kicked a school-record 57-yard field goal.

Personal: A Dean's List student at WFU -- majoring in business and accountancy -- four-year member of his high school honor roll -- a National Honor Society member -- a cum laude graduate of McCallie -- a member of the leadership organization Keo-Kio -- born 12/11/78 -- the son of Charles and Linda Stafford of Chattanooga, Tenn.

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