Kara Reber Leaves St. Mary's for Florida Southern

St. Mary's City, Md. Scott Devine, director of Athletics and Recreation at St. Mary's College of Maryland, announced today that Kara Reber will step down as the head coach of the Seahawk women's lacrosse team effective November 8.

Reber resigns after accepting the head coaching position at NCAA Division II Florida Southern College in Lakeland earlier in the week. Florida Southern announced earlier this year that for 2011-2012 women's lacrosse would become the 19th NCAA-sponsored sport in the school's highly successful athletic program that owns a total of 27 NCAA Division II national championships.

Devine said, "I would like to thank Coach Reber for her years of service heading our women's lacrosse program. We wish Kara and her family nothing but the best of luck in her new position and in their move to Florida."

Reber, who was the program's 11th head coach, leaves St. Mary's after posting a 21-14 (11-3 CAC) record in two seasons at the helm of the Seahawks. She guided the program to a pair of Capital Athletic Conference semifinal appearances while mentoring an All-America selection, seven all-region picks and 11 All-CAC honorees.

"I want to thank Scott Devine and St. Mary's for giving me the opportunity to coach lacrosse here for the past two seasons," stated Reber. "I wish the team, future coach and athletic department all the best."

In her first season at the helm, the Seahawks finished with a 12-5 mark (6-1 CAC) for second in the conference standings.

The Pittsford, N.Y. native came to St. Mary's after five successful years at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., where she guided the Lady Warriors to a 47-34 record and earned 2006 Middle Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year honors. Reber arrived at Lycoming after coaching soccer, basketball, and lacrosse at Newark HS in New York.

A 1999 graduate of Bowling Green State University, she played both soccer and ice hockey while earning a bachelor's degree in sports management. Reber went on to attend the State University of New York at Brockport where she earned a second bachelor's in physical education in May of 2001.

A national search to replace Reber will begin immediately.

"I look forward to beginning the search process right away to find Kara's successor," explained Devine. "The Seahawk women's lacrosse program has historically been one of our top performing teams and I believe this to be a truly outstanding head coaching opportunity."


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