Member of 2001 MSU Final Four Squad to Leave Coaching Profession
One of head coach Nyla Milleson's initial hires after accepting the Missouri State job in April 2007, former Lady Bear standout Carly Stubblefield returns for her fifth season on the MSU coaching staff in 2011-12.
In addition to assisting with practice and game preparations, Stubblefield serves as academics and training room liaison and coordinator of the Lady Bears' community relations efforts.
Stubblefield's efforts have helped produce eight all-conference honorees for MSU over the past two seasons alone, as well as either an MVC Freshman or Newcomer of the Year award in each of her first four seasons at MSU, including 2010 Jackie Stiles MVC Player of the Year Casey Garrison. Additionally, Christiana Shorter was named the league's Freshman of the Year in 2010, becoming the second straight Lady Bear to earn the league's top rookie honor after Garrison earned the same distinction in 2009. Shorter was even better last year as a sophomore, picking up Second-Team All-MVC honors, one year after Jaleshia Roberson capped a breakthrough sophomore season with a second-team nod of her own. Highlighted by Garrison's three consecutive First-Team All-MVC honors, last year's haul hiked MSU's total number of all-conference citations to 16 (by nine different players) during her four years on the Lady Bear bench.
A native of Warrensburg, Mo., the former Carly Deer was a four-year cage letterwinner at Missouri State from 1997 to 2001, playing on four straight NCAA Tournament teams for head coach Cheryl Burnett. The Lady Bears compiled an impressive 101-28 record during Stubblefield's career and reached the NCAA Division I Final Four in St. Louis in 2001. Stubblefield was named to the Missouri Valley Conference all-league team and picked up the Valley's Defensive Player of the Year award as a senior. Until Casey Garrison's triple-double vs. Tulsa in December 2009, Stubblefield enjoyed the honor of being the only player in Missouri State history to accomplish the feat (vs. Drake, Jan. 23, 1999). Stubblefield was a two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete selection and won the Lady Bears' Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, graduating with honors from MSU in 2002 with a degree in elementary education.
Stubblefield was a three-time all-state selection and four-year starter at Warrensburg High prior to signing with Missouri State. She recorded 1,067 points, 614 rebounds, 465 assists, 485 steals and 124 blocked shots while leading the Lady Tigers to a remarkable four-year record of 101-15.
Stubblefield began her coaching career as a graduate assistant coach under Milleson at Drury from 2002 to 2004. She then spent the 2004-05 season as an assistant coach at Portland State University under another former Lady Bear, Charity (Shira) Elliott, before returning to Springfield and serving as a full-time assistant at Drury from 2005 to 2007.
Stubblefield and her husband, Kevin, have a daughter, Mia, and a son, Thatcher.