Kellyann Stubblefield is in her seventh year as the Director of Athletics at Columbia College. Much has changed since her arrival in 2011. The Columbia College Athletic Department has doubled in size adding golf, lacrosse, cross country, track and field, and swimming, to the already flourishing sports of basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.
Since officially joining the Appalachian Athletic Conference in 2011, Columbia College athletic teams have become fierce competitors and have earned many outstanding achievements. During the 2015-2016 season the Columbia College Lacrosse Team won their first AAC Championship. The program was only added three years ago. They also finished as the 6th place team at the NWLL /NAIA National Championships and had two players nationally recognized as a First Team All-American and an Honorable Mention All-American.
In only its second season, the Columbia College Swim Team finished 11th at the NAIA National Swimming and Diving Championships. The Swimmers were also honored as having one of the top Team GPA’s in the nation.
Soccer was awarded the AAC Golden Boot Award, Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Freshmen of the Year, and had nine athletes make the All-ACC First Team.
The Track and Field team in only their second season moved from last place at the AAC Championships to a 4th place finish, while Cross Country has continued to qualify for the NAIA National Championships.
There were over 50 Columbia College Student-Athletes awarded by either the NAIA or the Appalachian Athletic Conference for their academic success this past season.
Eighteen Columbia College Athletes were ranked statistically as one of the top players in the NAIA in their sport.
In 2015-2016, Columbia College earned its fifth Institutional Champions of Character Award from the Appalachian Athletic Conference and was honored as the top institution in the nation by the NAIA with the national Champions of Character Award for the second year in a row.
Stubblefield serves as the Champions of Character Liaison for Columbia College to the NAIA. The NAIA Champions of Character program focuses on integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership for all athletes, coaches, teams, and the department and institution as a whole. Academics is a large part of earning the award, and the Columbia College Student-Athletes have consistently maintained a cumulative GPA above 3.0 during Stubblefield’s tenure as Director of Athletics. Columbia College Athletic Teams average over 1,000 hours of community service each year in the Columbia, South Carolina area.
Stubblefield brings 15 years of coaching experience to the Koalas. As a Track and Field Coach at the NCAA Division I and Division III levels. Stubblefield began her coaching career at Kansas State University in 1996 as an assistant coach. In her six year stay at Kansas State, the track and field program produced 4 Olympians, 36 All-Americans, 2 Big XII Championships, and a top 5 finish at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in 2002.
After her experience in Manhattan, KS, she took the helm of the track and field program at NCAA Division I member James Madison University. The men and women that she worked with were highly successful in the Colonial Athletic Conference Championships as well at the Eastern Coast Athletic Conference Championships. Stubblefield comes to Columbia College from Millikin University where she served as the head track and field coach for both the men’s and women’s team and produced All-Americans in the throws in her first season. She has also served as an adjunct instructor at James Madison University, and Blue Ridge Community College, and has enjoyed bringing back and expanding Physical Activity classes for all students at Columbia College.
No stranger to the NAIA, Cox - Stubblefield competed in track and field at NAIA member Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis Missouri. She was a two-time NAIA National Champion and national record holder in the high jump at both the indoor and outdoor NAIA National Championships. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University and a Master of Science in Kinesiology in Athletic and Recreational Administration from James Madison University.