Get To Know Coach Kara:

WHAT IS YOUR COACHING EXPERIENCE?

I have been the head coach of a high school team and the assistant coach of a different high school team.  I have coached several club teams over the past 20 years. 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A PART OF THE FORTITUDE FAMILY?

My family and I just relocated to Phoenix from Fargo, North Dakota this past summer.  This is my first season with the Fortitude Family.

WHAT IS YOUR PLAYING EXPERIENCE?

I played one year at George Washington University.  I transferred to North Dakota State and played three years for the Bison.  I was a middle hitter in high school, outside hitter in club, and a four-year starter as a right-handed right side hitter in college.  I was a second team All-American my senior year and the Bison lost in 4 sets to Hawaii Pacific in the National Championship that year.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM? WHAT STATES HAVE YOU LIVED IN? 

I am from Fargo, ND.  I have lived in North Dakota, South Dakota, Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and currently Arizona.  I am currently enjoying the AZ winter!

ARE YOU MARRIED? DO YOU HAVE ANY KIDS?

I am married to my high-school sweetheart, Tim.  We have been married almost 19 years and have 3 children - Easton (16), Griffin (14), and Maggie (11).

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? 

I love pizza and peanut butter.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COFFEE DRINK?

My morning brewed coffee with peanut butter cup creamer.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? (OTHER THAN VOLLEYBALL) 

Any sport my kids are playing.

WHAT DO YOU DO BESIDES VOLLEYBALL? 

I get to be a full-time wife and mom. 

WHY DO YOU LOVE VOLLEYBALL?

I love volleyball and being part of a team!  Volleyball teaches character, including hard work, goal setting, humility, selflessness, perseverance, and acceptance.  Volleyball also teaches many other important life lessons like winning and losing.  Being part of a team multiplies the joy of winning and divides the sorrow of losing.  Getting to share the experiences and memories with a team is fun and unforgettable.  The many disciplines learned through volleyball will shape and equip girls for their futures and well beyond where the sport takes them!