|Title:||Head Soccer Coach|
Joshua Kiper is entering his 4th season as the head soccer coach for the Fighting Koalas.
Kiper came to Columbia College from Lakeland Kathleen High
School in Lakeland, Fl, where he led the men's soccer program from
2005-07. In his last year, Kiper's leadership resulted in a showing
in the regional finals of the state tournament. Prior to coaching
at Lakeland, Joshua was the director of youth soccer leagues at the
Plant City YMCA in Tampa, FL. In 2007 Kiper received his National
Diploma coaching license from the NSCAA.
Kiper graduated from Southern Wesleyan University as a four year starter and career record holder in assists. While competing for the Warriors, he was also named to the all-conference team for what is now the Southern States Athletic Conference and to the NCCAA all-region team. Kiper also graduated from Southern Wesleyan with four Bachelor of Science Degrees in Business Administration, Accounting, Recreation, and Sports Management. He received his advanced national coaching diploma from the NSCAA in 2009.
At Columbia College after his 1st year of recruiting the Koalas made their first ever appearance in the SSAC Conference tournament. Then after the 2nd year in recruiting the Fighting Koalas saw a couple of more firsts, reaching most wins in a season as well as player’s receiving individual honors through the SSAC conference. Coach Kiper states, “The program is really thriving and I am very excited about the future. With the players returning and the ones that we are recruiting I believe we can accomplish a couple of big things for the fall of 2011 season.”
In addition to running the soccer program Kiper is also the Head
Golf Coach. Kiper grew up with a heavy influence of golf from his
Grandfather, a professional golfer, JC Goosie, who played on the
PGA and Senior PGA circuit. He lettered at Plant City High School
in golf, and continued on to the collegiate level where he
participated on the practice golf team for Southern Wesleyan
University in the GACC, which is now the Southern States Athletic
Kiper commented about the 2012 golf season, “We are very excited about the inaugural golf program here at Columbia College due to the variety and quality of student athletes we are recruiting and receiving commitments from. We have had success with players all over the country as well as the world, and feel as if we are putting together a team that will immediately be competitive and challenge for the conference title in the AAC. Columbia College athletics as a whole are surging forward and we feel as if the golf team will be no different and make an impact on the Conference from day one.”
Joshua resides in Lexington, SC with his wife Shena and their children Joshua, Jaxon, and Jordyn.