J. Michael Kiefer
July 2011 began Mike Kiefer’s fifth year as Athletic Director at Darton College. In the past four years Darton College Athletics has won 26 Conference/Region Championships in the sports of Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Basketball, Men’s Swimming, Women’s Swimming, Golf, Wrestling, and Softball. 10 of 11 DC athletic programs have achieved national rankings in the last three years alone including top ten NJCAA rankings in Women’s Soccer, Men’s Soccer, Men’s Swimming, Women’s Swimming, Wrestling, Golf, and Softball. During Kiefer’s tenure, Cavalier Athletes have received over 35 All-American honors and nearly 70 All Conference/Region performers. Additionally DC enjoyed equal success in the classroom with numerous athletes receiving Academic All-American honors including multiple Distinguished Academic All Americans with perfect 4.0 GPA’s. The Cavalier golf, cross country, softball, and women’s swimming teams have each received a NJCAA Academic Team of the Year recognition. The Athletic Department finished in the top 15 nationally the in the final NATYCAA Athletic Director’s Cup rankings three of the last four years.
Kiefer began his leadership duties at Darton on July 16, 2007. Prior to his arrival as a Cavalier, Kiefer served as Director of Athletics and Head Soccer Coach at Neosho County College in Chanute, Kan., since 2002. While at Neosho County College, Kiefer directed 14 intercollegiate sports. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from University of Missouri-Rolla, a Masters in Exercise Science from the University of Central Missouri, and an Executive Juris Doctorate.