GRAND LAKE, CO - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse head coach Kara Reber has been named as the NCAA Division II South Region Coach of the Year, the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWCLA) announced on Thursday. Along with 15 other regional winners at the NCAA Division I, Division II, and Division II levels, Reber will be honored at the annual IWLCA Honors Banquet on Nov. 14 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.
This past year, Reber led the Moccasins to a 21-2 record and a third-straight appearance in the NCAA Division II National Championship game. Florida Southern captured is fourth-straight Sunshine State Conference regular-season title and won the SSC Tournament for the third year in a row. The Mocs became just the thid team in Division II history to advance to the national title contest in three-straight years, and the 21 victories is tied for second-most wins in a season in Division II history.
In addition, Reber saw four of her players earn IWLCA all-America honors in first-team selections Meghan O'Brien, Sam Keesey, and Emily Santoli, along with second-team honoree Dani Bursinger. O'Brien was also named as the IWLCA Division II Player and Attacker of the year, while joining Santoli and fellow senior Meghan Vadala on the IWLCA all-star team. The Florida Southern women's lacrosse program also boasted an NCAA Elite 90 winner (Julia Couch), seven all-region selections, and six all-conference honorees.
In her seven season with the Moccasins, Reber has led her program to a record of 119-22, and has won at least 19 games in each of the past four seasons. She was previously named as the NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year by Inside Lacrosse and the IWLCA following the Mocs national-title run in 2016.