|Team:||Men's & Women's Cross Country|
|Undergraduate Degree:||(B.A.) Political Science|
|Postgraduate Degree:||(M.S.) Public Administration|
Katie Stanford will begin her fourth year of coaching both the men's and women's cross country teams in the fall of 2014.
She joined the athletic staff as the head men’s and women’s cross country coach in the spring of 2011. Following the departures of former head coaches Debby Vannoy and Scott Williams, Stanford became the third cross country coach in as many years during her first season with the Scots and Lady Scots.
Stanford took over a Covenant cross country program that was coming off of a very successful 2010 campaign during which it 'unofficially' saw its men's and women's teams respectively finish first and second in the Great South Athletic Conference Championship meet. In her inaugural 2011 campaign with the teams, Stanford continued the squads' recent successes, guiding the Lady Scots to an "unofficial" first-place finish and the Scots to a second-place prize at the GSAC Championships. Under her direction, the teams combined for two wins, six runner-up performances, and 10 top-five finishes in 2011.
Success also found the programs in the 2012 campaign. The women's team once again "unofficially" won the Great South Athletic Conference championship and two runners earned All-GSAC honors. Stanford also successfully oversaw the revitalization of the cross country trails on Covenant's campus and, because of this, Covenant hosted a meet for the first time in recent memory.
Stanford continued the pattern of success in 2013 as Covenant moved into the USA South Athletic Conference. The men's team captured the USA South title, while women's runner Beth Burgess was the individual USA South champion on the women's side. Both teams made an appearance at the NCAA South Regional meet for the first time in school history.
Prior to Covenant, Stanford served as the cross country and distance track coach for Chattanooga's Notre Dame High School, where she worked for one cross country season (2010) and two track seasons (2010-2011), following a four year stint as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's assistant cross country coach and head recruiter. During her time there, the Lady Mocs were the Southern Conference cross country champions from 2006-2008, and the Mocs were runners-up in 2005, 2007, and 2008. Stanford also served as the women's assistant cross country coach at the University of West Georgia from 2003-2004 while obtaining her Master of Public Administration.
Stanford attended Samford University and earned a BA in Political Science in 2003. She competed for the Bulldogs in cross country, indoor and outdoor track from 1998 to 2003. During her collegiate career, she twice earned All-Conference track honors and was the Atlantic Sun Conference 1500 meter champion in 2002.
She and her husband, Trey, live in Red Bank with their daughter Taylor and son Noah and attend North Shore Fellowship in North Chattanooga. Stanford is Level 1 certified under the USA Track and Field coaching education program.