Columbia College (SC)

Columbia College Dept of Athletics
1301 Columbia College Dr. Columbia, SC 29203
NAIA South Carolina Southeast
Private Small Competitive team


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James Morrison

James Morrison is entering his 15th year with Columbia College athletics. Coach Morrison returns in his 6th season as the Head Softball Coach for the Fighting Koalas. Previously, Morrison was the head tennis coach for nine seasons and assistant athletic director.

Coach Morrison graduated from The Baptist College at Charleston (Charleston Southern '86) where he competed in baseball and tennis. He graduated with an emphasis in computer information systems and marketing and a minor in economics. Prior to his stay at Columbia College, Morrison was the head tennis pro at the Woodlands Country Club in Northeast Columbia for five years.

In addition to coaching softball, Coach Morrison currently serves as the assistant athletic director for Columbia College. James, his wife Sherry, and two sons J.R.-16 and Trevor Lee-5, reside in Columbia.

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Tatjana Matthews

Tatjana Matthews (Slawson) is entering her third season as Head JV Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach for the Koalas’ softball program.

Matthews came to Columbia College from USC Salkehatchie, a member of the NJCAA Division I Region X conference, where she spent two seasons as the head softball coach. She also served as a professor in both Physical Education and Criminal Justice.

Prior to USC Salkehatchie, Matthews was the head assistant at NCAA Division I North Carolina A&T State University. While at A&T her primary responsibilities included coaching pitchers and catchers, hitting instruction and working with infielders. Matthews’ collegiate coaching experience began at Charleston Southern University where she was a graduate assistant after completing her collegiate playing career with the Buccaneers.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews graduated from Francis Marion University in 2007 with a B.S. in Sociology. She was a member of the Patriot Softball team where she holds the record for most RBI in a season and is top 10 in doubles, career RBI, career home runs, fielding percentage, games played/started, and consecutive games started. While at FMU she was a middle infielder and catcher. Matthews (Slawson) was an Academic All-American, member of Peach Belt Honor Roll, and All-Region team member while at FMU.

After graduating form FMU, Matthews had one year of collegiate eligibility left and continued her playing career and education at Division I Charleston Southern University where she earned her M.S. in Criminal Justice and played shortstop for the Buccaneers.

Matthews has one son, Tucker, and she and her family reside in Columbia, SC.

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