Columbia International University

Columbia, SC 29203
South Carolina Southeast
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Kara Farnsworth

Kara Farnsworth joined CIU in July 2014 as the school's first women's soccer coach. The team begins its first season of competition in fall 2015.


A native of Rochester, N.Y., Farnsworth comes to CIU after serving as the women's assistant soccer coach at Colorado Christian University in Denver, Colo. While at CCU, she helped lead the Cougars to the NCCAA Regional Tournament and played an integral role in developing players who were honored with conference and regional awards in NCAA Division II and the NCCAA. Farnsworth also served as a coach's mentor at the Broomfield Soccer Club helping with coach and player development.


Prior to her two-year stint at CCU, Farnsworth spent her collegiate career at Roberts Wesleyan College. While at Roberts, Farnsworth was named to the NAIA all-conference team all four years in addition to being named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region Team. She was also recognized as the Champion of Character Award Winner in 2011 and served as the team chaplain for two years and team captain for one. In addition to her soccer career, Farnsworth competed in indoor track and led the women's lacrosse team in NCAA Division II East Coast Conference in their inaugural season. Farnsworth also served for two summers with the Chicago Eagles, a part of Missionary Athletes International where she was trained in sports ministry and shared the gospel through soccer camps throughout Chicago and also in Brazil.


Farnsworth completed her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University and her B.S. in Elementary and Special Education from Roberts Wesleyan. She currently holds her USSF National D Soccer Coaching License.

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Bill Brindley

Columbia International University is delighted to announce the hiring of Bill Brindley as the Men's Soccer Head Coach. Brindley comes to Columbia International from Trinity Baptist College in Florida.


In five seasons at Trinity Baptist, Brindley led the Eagles from a fledgling first year program to a consistent NCCAA National Championship tournament team. Over the past three year Brindley amassed a record of 43-17 and led the Eagles to a NCCAA DII National Championship.


Prior to his stint at Trinity Baptist, Brindley was a standout collegiate athlete at Tennessee Temple and Palm Beach Atlantic University. After his collegiate playing days came to a close, Brindley went on to play professionally in the United Soccer League for Real Maryland and the Pittsburgh River Hounds, before he transitioned into coaching.


Brindley is well respected in the field of coaching as he holds the NSCAA National Diploma and the NSCAA Professional Development Certificate. While at Trinity Baptist he also served as the NCCAA Men's Soccer South Region Chair member and was a voting member for the NCCAA national rankings.


The opportunity to guide the men's soccer program and grow professionally in coaching was one of the things that drew Brindley to Columbia International, but according to Brindley, it evolved during the interview process.


“Throughout the process it was evident that CIU is filled with passionate people who believe in providing a Christ centered environment for the student-athletes,” said Brindley. “I am proud to join the Ram nation and look forward to helping our student-athletes achieve success on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.”


Columbia International Athletic Director James Whitaker shared Brindley's excitement about his new position.


“I'm excited for Bill to come lead this program and I know that he is going to put his heart and soul into this program,” said Whitaker. “His experience as a former professional and the success he has had early in his coaching career will translate well. Also, his work-ethic, enthusiasm for coaching, and personality will translate well to the culture of CIU.”


Brindley, will begin his new position on February 1.

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