|Position:||Linebackers Coach/Special Teams Coordinator|
Recruiting Areas – Georgia, Florida (Panhandle, Jacksonville, Miami)
Justin Stovall came to Columbia in March 2015 to coach the linebackers and will also coordinate the special teams units.
Two Columbia linebackers were among the top-20 tacklers in the Ivy League during the 2015 season, as Christian Conway and Keith Brady both put up 57 tackles on the year. Stovall also tutored a punter to All-Ivy League honors, as Cameron Nizialek was the second best punter in the conference with a 42.8 yard average, while also going 8-for-14 on field goals.
Stovall came to Columbia after spending 2014 in the same role at Valparaiso, where they finished the season ranked first in the conference in punt return average (14.9 yds), kickoff return average (21.8 yds), blocked kicks (6), and special teams touchdowns (2). Valpo's kickoff return unit paved the way for Jarrett Morgan, as a freshmen, to lead the FCS in kickoff return average (34.9 yds).
Before his time at Valparaiso, Stovall served as the Outside Linebackers coach at Lehigh during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In the 2011 season, Stovall served as the defensive assistant at Villanova. Prior to Villanova, Stovall coached Linebackers at Franklin and Marshall College for two seasons.
Stovall was a four-year letter winner and three-time Patriot League Champion at Lafayette from 2003-06, leading the Leopards to league titles and FCS Playoff berths in each of his final three seasons. A senior captain in 2006, Stovall played in 46 of 47 career games at both linebacker and on special teams. He graduated from Lafayette in 2007 with an impressive 3.23 GPA as an Economics and Business major.