Head Coach, Women’s Lacrosse
Florida Southern College
2014 WCA Graduate, Class #34
Kara Reber is in her fifth season as head coach of the women’s lacrosse program at Florida Southern College in in 2015-16. Reber holds a record of 58-14 in her four seasons as head coach of the Moccasins.
FSC crushed the record books during the 2015 season en route to their first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament. They finished the season 19-4, setting a new record for wins in a season. The Mocs also swept the Sunshine State Conference, 4-0, in its inaugural season with women’s lacrosse as a sponsor to earn the top seed and host the SSC Tournament. Team single-season records for points (569), goals (360), assists (209), ground balls (547), draw controls (318), caused turnovers (316), free position goals (58), saves (182), save percentage (.499) and goals-against average (7.82) were all set in 2015.
Besides their play on the field and their studies in the classroom, Reber and her team were also committed to performing community service deeds around the Central Florida area. For their efforts, the Mocs were honored with the IWLCA Division II Team Community Awareness Award during the 2011-12 season. The Moccasins spent time helping out the community by raising money, building homes and spreading the game of lacrosse to the surrounding area.
Reber came to Florida Southern from St. Mary’s College in Maryland, an NCAA Division III school, where she had been the women’s lacrosse coach from 2009-2010, compiling a 21-14 record. In her first season at St. Mary’s, she coached the team to the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. Her team included one All-America selection, four all-region selections, five all-conference choices and the CAC Player of the Year. In her second season at St. Mary’s, the team again reached the CAC Tournament semifinals, had three all-region selections, six all-conference selections and the CAC Rookie of the Year. In addition, Reber produced two all-academic selections and a team all-academic award from IWLCA. Her club earned a Division III Community Service Award for completing 11 community service projects.
Prior to St. Mary’s, Reber was the women’s lacrosse coach for five seasons (2004-08) at Lycoming (Pa.), where she went 47-34, including a pair of 14-win seasons (2006-07). She was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year in 2006 after her team improved from a 5-8 season in 2005 to a 14-4 campaign in 2006. In her five seasons at Lycoming, she coached a two-time All-America selection, 10 all-region selections and 12 all-conference choices. Her 2008 Lycoming squad won the Division III Community Service Award by raising over $6,000 for breast cancer research.
Reber currently owns a 125-62 record overall in 11 seasons as a head coach.
A native of Pittsford, N.Y., Reber began her coaching career at Newark High School in Newark, N.Y. She also coached at Bishop Neumann High School in Williamsport, Pa., where she was the 2005 Mid-Penn Soccer Coach of the Year.
Reber received her bachelor’s degree in sports management in 1999 from Bowling Green University, where she played soccer and ice hockey. In 2001 she earned a second bachelor’s degree in physical education from SUNY-Brockport. Reber and her husband, Matthew, currently reside in Lakeland with their four daughters: Eve, Kylie, Kendall and Kenzie.