Kara Reber has been at the helm of Florida Southern women's lacrosse since its inception in 2012. In just seven years as the head coach of the Moccasins, Reber has won an NCAA Division II national title (2016), twice finished as the national runner-up (2017 & 2018), and compiled an overall record of 119-22.
In 2017, the Mocs won 18-straight games en route to the national title game. Florida Southern's path to the 2016 national championship concluded with a stunning come-from-behind win over No. 1 Adelphi in the title game. Reber's squad held the seven-time national champion Panthers without a goal in the first 17 minutes of the second half to rally back from a 6-3 halftime deficit.
In the process, the Mocs became the first team from outside the states of Massachusetts, New York or Pennsylvania to win an NCAA Division II women's lacrosse championship. Florida Southern finished the season on a 14-game winning streak, and Reber was tabbed as the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year by Inside Lacrosse and the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA)
In her seven seasons at Florida Southern, Reber has led the Moccasins to a record of 77-11 at home and a 32-7 mark on the road. The Mocs are 17-1 in Sunshine State Conference play since the conference began sponsoring women's lacrosse in 2015.
During her time as the head coach of the Moccasins, Reber has coached 19 IWLCA all-Americans, including 11 first-team all-Americans. In addition to first-team all-America honors in 2013, former FSC goalie Katie Hammerer was also named the IWLCA Division II Goalie of the Year in 2013 and 2014. Current Florida Southern senior Emily Santoli was named the IWLCA Co-Midfielder of the Year in 2016, and the IWLCA Midfielder of the Year in 2017. She was also the 2017 Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year.
Reber has also coached 26 all-SSC honorees, including the Co-Freshman of the Year (Ashley Seborowski - 2015). In the past three years, the Moccasins have won 32 SSC Player of the Week awards, and have swept the weekly awards 10 times.
Her teams have also been highly successful off the field, as the Moccasins have been named as an IWLCA Team-All Academic Squad for six-straight years. The Moccasins have been awarded the IWLCA Community Awareness Award twice (2012, 2015) and have had at least 15 players earn a spot on the SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll each year since 2012.
Prior to being named the head coach at Florida Southern, Reber spent two seasons at St. Mary's College in Maryland, where she compiled a record of 21-14 and led the Seahawks to the Capital Athletic Conference semifinals in both seasons. At St. Mary's, Reber coached one all-American, seven all-region, and 11 all-conference players, including the CAC Player of the Year (2009) and Rookie of the Year (2010).
Reber's 2010 team at St. Mary's earned the NCAA Division III Community Service Award for their various community service projects.
Before her stint at St. Mary's, Reber spent five seasons as the head coach at Lycoming College in Pennsyvlania, where she led the Warriors to an overall record of 47-34, including a pair of 14 win seasons in 2006 and 2007. She was named Middle Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year in 2006 after leading her team to a 14-4 record - nine more wins than the previous season. At Lycoming, Reber coached two all-America selections, 10 all-region, and 12 all-conference honorees.
She also saw her 2008 squad earn the NCAA Division III Community Service Award for raising more than 6,000 to benefit breast cancer research.
A 1999 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Reber was a two-sport athlete for the Falcons, playing both soccer and ice hockey. She holds a degree in sports management from BGSU, and a second bachelor's degree in physical education from SUNY Brockport. A native of Pittsford, NY, Reber began her coaching career at the high school ranks at Newark High School in Newark, NY.
Reber and her husband, Matthew, reside in Lakeland with their four daughters: Eve, Kylie, Kendall and Kenzie.