HEAD COACH KARA AMUNDSON
Head coach Kara Amundson enters her fifth season at the helm of the Racers, after four highly successful seasons in Murray. Amundson became the second softball coach in Murray State’s history in July of 2012, but is no stranger to Murray State. She previously served as an assistant coach for the softball team for the 2010 and 2011 seasons and also served as the women’s tennis coach in 2012.
In 2016, Amundson led the Racers to their fourth consecutive trip to the OVC tournament during her tenure and produced three All-OVC selections and an All-Newcomer accolade. In addition, her players continued to produce in the classroom with 13 players being placed on the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll, five earning the OVC Medal of Honor, 12 being named All-America Scholar Athlete by the National Fatspitch Coaches Association and one earning the programs's first OVC Scholar-Athlete award, the highest honored bestowed by the league to a student-athlete. The season also saw Amundson hit a milestone of her own by becoming the first coach in program history to reach 100 wins.
Amundson took the Racers to new heights in 2015, tying a school record third-place finish in the OVC regular season standings and winning a record number of overall and OVC games at 38 and 20, respectively.
The 2015 season also saw Amundson coach her first OVC Player of the Year, as well as four other All-OVC selections, raising her total to eight in the span of just three years. On April 11, she won her 81st game as head coach of the Racers, surpassing Jay Pyron as the program’s all-time winningest coach and reaching the milestone in 12 fewer games. Amundson is currently just five games away from 100 career wins with an all-time record of 95-70.
In 2014, Amundson continued to grow the Racers in her second season by adding seven more wins than in 2013. She also led the Racers to a fourth-place finish in the OVC regular season and a championship game appearance in the OVC tournament. In addition, she added two All-OVC and two All-Newcomer selections to her resume to bring her tally up to three each.
In her first season, Amundson piloted the Racers to a 25-28 overall record and a 14-10 league mark to finish the season tied for fourth in the OVC. In the OVC tournament, the Racers won their first two games, before eventually finishing third in the tournament for the second consecutive year.
Amundson joined the Racers in 2009 after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Northern Illinois. In her second season, the Huskies advanced to the Mid-American Conference semifinals, while two players garnered first-team All-MAC laurels. She also tutored two student-athletes to academic all-conference honors in each of her two seasons.
Before joining the coaching ranks, Amundson was a four-year member of the DePaul softball team. The Coon Rapids, Minnesota, native helped the Blue Demons capture the 2003 and 2005 Conference USA championships. The Blue Demons also advanced to the Women’s College World Series in 2005 and in 2007. DePaul knocked off Northwestern in 2005, before defeating No. 3 Oklahoma in 2007.
During her senior season, Amundson helped the Blue Demons to the Big East regular-season title with a perfect 20-0 record in Big East action. DePaul went on to go 5-0 in postseason play on its way to the WCWS.
Amundson earned her degree in sociology, with a focus on juvenile justice, from DePaul in 2007. An excellent student-athlete, Amundson was named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll in 2005, and earned Big East Academic All-Star honors in 2006 and 2007.
Prior to taking over the softball program, Amundson served as the interim tennis coach for the 2011-12 season. In her lone season leading the program, Amundson led the team to a 12-11 overall record, a 6-3 mark in OVC play and a trip to the semifinals of the OVC Tournament. She also tutored three players to All-OVC honors.