|Chipola Junior College|
|President||Dr. Jason Hurst|
|Location||Marianna, Florida, FL, United States|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics||NJCAA Region 8, Panhandle Conference|
Chipola College is a state college located in Marianna, Florida. Chipola College is a member institution of the Florida College System. in 2012 the school opened a $16 million 56,000 sq ft Center for the arts including two theaters.
The College was named for the Chipola River, which is located less than a mile from the campus.
Organization and administration
The college president is Dr. Jason Hurst.
The college offers BSc degree programs, A.A. degrees, A.S. degrees, College Credit Certificate programs and Workforce Development Certificates.
The school is noted for its athletic program, which competes in the Panhandle Conference of the Florida State College Activities Association, a body of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 8. The baseball program counts among its alumni former Texas Rangers manager Buck Showalter and World Baseball Classic standout Adam Loewen, Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Mat Gamel and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista and catcher Russell Martin, while the men's basketball program was once home to Auburn standout Chris Porter, Oklahoma State player Mario Boggan, Missouri's Stefhon Hannah, and Indiana's JaMarcus Ellis and DeAndre Thomas.
The men's basketball program has won more state basketball championships under one coach (7 for Milton H. Johnson) and in total (9) than any other junior-college basketball program in Florida, and in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons finished fifth and third in the nation, respectively, and in 2005 received its first-ever No. 1 national ranking. In 2004-05, the basketball program won state championships in both men's and women's basketball. The women's basketball team repeated its state championship in 2005-06, finishing fourth in the nation. In 2006-07, the men's and women's teams both won the state championship. To finish the 2007 season the men's program finished 33-3 with a runner-up finish in the NJCAA National Championship game. During that season, the Indians were ranked #1 in the national poll for 10 straight weeks.
Notable alumni and attendees
Chipola College has produced thousands of alumni over the years. Among the more notable alumni of Chipola College are Buck Showalter the current Major League Baseball manager, the current justice on the Florida Supreme Court Ricky Polston, and Russell Martin, an all-star MLB catcher currently playing for the Toronto Blue Jays.
|Jose Bautista||Current Major League Baseball player for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Marti Coley||Current member of the Florida House of Representatives|
|Patrick Corbin||Current Major League Baseball player for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Mat Gamel||Current Major League Baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Alan Horne||Current Major League Baseball prospect|
|Mary Elizabeth Lado||Professional figure competitor|
|Adam Loewen||Former pitcher and current outfielder in the New York Mets system|
|Russell Martin||Current catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Ricky Polston||Current justice on the Florida Supreme Court|
|Chris Porter||Former basketball player for the Golden State Warriors|
|Walker Russell, Jr.||Professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons|
|Buck Showalter||Current Major League Baseball manager for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Elam Stoltzfus||Environmental filmmaker and cinematographer with Live Oak Production Group|
|Eric Yelding||Former Major League Baseball player|
- College Directory
- December 2012 Florida Trend page 41
- Chipola College - History