Charita Stubbs is in her 10th season as a member of the Wildcat volleyball staff and her sixth as the associate head coach. Involved in all coaching aspects of the team, her primary responsibility for the Wildcats is with the middle blockers.
Over the last eight seasons, Stubbs has coached at least one Wildcat middle blocker to All-Pac-10 honors. Most recently, she guided Jolene Killough to all-conference recognition. Killough ranked third in the conference and 16th nationally in hitting percentage in 2004. She finished her career with the second-best hitting percentage (.349) all-time at Arizona.
Former walk-on Marisa DaLee thrived in the middle under the guidance of Stubbs, earning all-conference honors in 1998, 1999 and 2000, the first three consecutive all-conference honors by an Arizona player, and 1999 AVCA All-District VIII and 2000 All-Pacific region honors, as well. DaLee wrapped up her career in 2000 as the all-time school leader in hitting percentage, while also leading the NCAA in hitting percentage. Stubbs led Keisha Johnson Demps to All-Pac-10 honors in 1998 and Erin Aldrich in 1997. Stefani Saragosa was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 in 2001 and current senior Bre Ladd was tabbed with honorable mention honors in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Off the court, Stubbs handles a number of administrative duties for the program, including serving as the Wildcats’ recruiting coordinator and camp director. She played an instrumental part in helping Arizona land the top-ranked recruiting class in 2002.
Along with her collegiate coaching experience, Stubbs served as an assistant coach for the USA Junior National team that qualified for the 2001 World Championships in Mexico. As a member of the Junior National staff, she coached future Wildcats Jennifer Abernathy, Bre Ladd and Kim Glass at the Women’s Junior World Championships in Santo Domingo and Santiago, Dominican Republic in 2001.
One of the greatest players in Arizona volleyball history, Stubbs led the Cats to their first two Sweet 16 appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 1993 and ’94. She started 112 matches in her UA career, the third-most for any Arizona player in the last 15 years. She also holds Arizona solo block records for a career (117) and a single match (8). Her 1,134 career kills puts her eighth in the Wildcat record book. Stubbs posted four triple-doubles in her career, second-most of any Arizona player.
In 1993, Stubbs became the first Arizona player to record 300 kills, 300 digs and 100 blocks in a single season. The following year, she earned second-team All-West Region honors and was named All-Pac-10.
Stubbs was a member of the 1993 and ’94 United States Olympic Festival volleyball teams. She also played professionally in France in 1995.
Currently working towards her Ph.D. in educational administration, Stubbs earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Arizona in 1994. She received her master’s in language, reading and culture from UA in 1995, is fluent in French and is a certified teacher.
A lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Stubbs was born March 10, 1972, in Cleveland, Ohio. She married Melvin Stubbs on May 22, 2004.