2017 Volleyball Coaches
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Luana Fields
Head Coach - 1st Season
Alma Mater: Columbia College
Phone: 573-876-2340

Luana Fields is tabbed the next head coach for the Stephens College volleyball program, the athletics department announced Friday morning. She is set to begin her duties immediately.

“We are extremely excited about the future of Stephens College volleyball under Luana’s direction and feel confident that she will build on the past successes,” Athletic Director Adam Samson said. “Her decorated volleyball career speaks for itself and all of those skills and experiences have translated well into the coaching profession. Most importantly, Luana is committed to providing the student-athletes with a platform to reach their potential on the court and beyond their playing careers.”

Fields takes over for long-time head coach Rose Obunaga after serving under her as a graduate assistant for the past two years.

“I'm excited for the opportunity to continue the work that we have been doing at the volleyball program at Stephens College,” Fields said. “Most importantly, I'm extremely honored to be able to coach this great group of players in the upcoming season. This year my goal is to channel the lifelong passion that I've had for this sport to our players and build a successful and unified team both on and off the court.”

The volleyball background that Fields brings to Stephens is immeasurable. Growing up in Brazil, Fields was introduced to the sport of volleyball early on and progressed on the front line as a middle, outside and right-side hitter. Because of her height and skill, she excelled in each role, but was steered to the position of setter by a Brazilian National Team coach. After setting for just 18 months, she was recruited to Columbia College by longtime head coach Melinda Wrye-Washington.

She began her journey from Brazil to Columbia, Mo. in 2005. During her four-year career at CC, she racked up numerous individual, conference and national awards. At the national level, Fields was named an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American as a freshman. The following three seasons as a Cougar, she took home the top award as a First Team All-American. Fields currently holds the career record in total blocks and sets played at Columbia College, and is second in career assists, third in digs and seventh in kills.

She was named First Team AMC All-Conference and AMC Setter of the Year all four years. In addition, she was honored as AMC Freshman of the Year in 2005 and AMC Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008.

On July 22, Fields was inducted into the Columbia Cougar Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 2015 class.

Fields graduated from Columbia College in 2010 and completed her Master’s in strategic leadership at Stephens this past spring.

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Samantha Tidwell
Assistant Coach - 3rd Season
Phone: 573-876-2340
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Jason Gibson
Assistant Coach - 5th Season
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Rachael Ramirez
Manager - 3rd Season
Record: 2-18 Home: 1-7 Away: 1-9 Neutral: 0-2 AMC: 2-7