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Amundson Named Softball Coach at Murray State

Murray StateMurray State Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Allen Ward has announced the hiring of Kara Amundson as the new head softball coach.  Amundson is no stranger to the Racer program as she served as an assistant coach during the 2010-11 seasons.

“It is an honor getting the opportunity to take over the softball program here at Murray State,” said Amundson.  “There is such a rich tradition in Racer Athletics and I am excited to be continuing my coaching career here.  This program has had much success in its early years, and I am looking forward to moving it in a positive direction.  I am thankful to Mr. Ward for this opportunity and this Athletic Department’s support.”

“It’s always gratifying when the candidate that rises to the top of a search is someone I already know and respect,” said Ward.  “Kara’s playing and coaching experience has prepared her well for this opportunity and I’m really excited about the future of Racer Softball.”

“We have a talented group of young ladies on the team that I know will admire and embrace Kara’s leadership style and passion for the game.  I’m very excited about the fact that Kara has agreed to become our next head coach.”

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.Murray State

Before joining the coaching ranks, Amundson was a four-year member of the DePaul softball team.  The Coon Rapids, Minn., native helped the Blue Demons capture the 2003 Conference USA championship and the 2005 Big East championship.  The Blue Demons also advanced to the Women’s College World Series in 2005 and 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 conference championship with a perfect 20-0 record in Big East action.  DePaul went on to go 5-0 in postseason play on their way to the WCWS.

Amundson earned her degree in sociology, with a focus on juvenile justice, from DePaul in 2007.  She also minored in psychology.  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.

Amundson takes over the softball program after serving 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, 6-3 in OVC action, and a trip to the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.  She also tutored three players to all-OVC honors.



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