Columbia International University

Columbia International University Athletics
7435 Monticello Rd. Columbia, SC 29203
NAIA South Carolina Southeast
Private Very Small Developing team


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Kara Farnsworth

Kara Farnsworth joined CIU in July 2014 as the school's first women's soccer coach. The 2019 season will be the 5th season in program history.

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.

Since Farnsworth's first season at CIU 2015, she has lead the team to 3 NCCAA National Tournaments, 3 NCCAA South Region tournament. She also lead the team to the its first AAC tournament bid in 2018.

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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Noah Shaver

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