Kara Willis enters her second season as a member of the UMass Boston softball coaching staff. Willis primarily works with the Beacons pitching staff, that ranked fourth in the Little East Conference in her first season with a 3.44 earned run average.
A former Beacon, Willis returns to her alma mater after graduating from the program in 2012. A four-year member of the program, Willis was one of the Beacons most consistent pitchers and helped the team to their first-ever back-to-back Little East Conference tournament appearances in 2011 and 2012. The program holder for most career appearances with 70, Willis also holds the record for most compete games pitched with 52 and most innings pitched in a season (163.0) and in a career (389.0).
While toeing the rubber for the Beacons, Willis tallied 223 strikeouts during her four seasons in Boston which stands as the all-time record. In her senior season, Willis posted a 7-11 overall record and started in 20 of the 21 games she played in. In 108 innings of work, Willis retired 48 batters and led the Beacons to key wins over the University of Southern Maine and MIT.
Willis graduated from UMB with her bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and is ISSA CFT certified. She also works as an instructor at Extra Innings Watertown in Watertown, MA.