Stubblefield to Step Down from Lady Bear Coaching Staff
Carly (Deer) Stubblefield
Carly (Deer) Stubblefield

May 15, 2012

SPRINGFIELD -- After nine years associated with the Missouri State women’s basketball program as either a player or coach, Carly Stubblefield has resigned from her position on the Lady Bear staff. Stubblefield, whose last day will be May 31, will remain in the Springfield area.

One of Head Coach Nyla Milleson’s initial coaching hires in April 2007, Stubblefield helped produce 10 all-Missouri Valley Conference honorees in the past three seasons alone while helping the Lady Bears win 70 games and the 2012 MVC regular-season championship over that span. In addition to assisting with practice and game preparations, Stubblefield served as academics and training room liaison as well as coordinator of the Lady Bears’ community relations efforts.

“I am very grateful for all that Missouri State has provided and I can’t thank Nyla enough for the opportunity to work with her and her staff,” Stubblefield said. “While I will miss being a part of the Lady Bear program on a day-to-day basis, I am excited to now be able to spend more time at home with my family.”



In addition to her nine years of service to the Lady Bear program, Stubblefield spent nine years working aside Milleson as well, including four in two stints at Drury University before making the move to her alma mater.

"I will be forever grateful for the years Carly has given to me as part of my staff and obviously what she has meant to the Lady Bear program," said Milleson. "I  understand the demands of this line of work and applaud her for recognizing the importance of her family. She's a quality person, and I know I speak for our players, our staff and our fans in wishing her the very best."

The former Carly Deer was a four-year 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. She became the first player in MSU history to record a triple-double in 1999, and stood alone with that distinction until Casey Garrison joined her nearly 11 years later.

A search for Stubblefield’s replacement will begin in the near future, and a specific timeline has not been announced.

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