If you’ve seen a new face around the Sports Center, it’s probably new women’s tennis coach Kara Amundson.
“I’m very excited for the season,” she says.
Amundson, who stepped in following longtime Coach Bob Hodge’s retirement, is currently getting to know her squad and the college while working on her MBA in Marketing and Human Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
She recorded over 100 career wins as a player at UW-Whitewater, and has experience coaching at her alma mater, as well as a community center in Sauk Prairie, Wis., and two Illinois country clubs.
Here Amundson answers five questions for the Terrarium.
Q: This is your first season as coach. How do you like Beloit College so far?
A: I am enjoying everything about Beloit College so far. Everyone has extended such a welcoming hand, and I think that really speaks to what type of leadership we have that gets passed along. It's made my experience enjoyable and I look forward to the tennis season.
Q: How have practices been going?
A: Practices have been going well, especially since we have so much talent on the team. It keeps practices competitive, which will only drive them to improve. I see only good things to come from here on out.
Q: What are your team members like?
A: I have such a fun group of young adults on the team who have a great passion for the game. They are very encouraging to one another and it keeps a positive team dynamic.
Q: For those who have not yet been to a match at Beloit, why should they come this season?
A: The fans help keep the match exciting and get the team pumped, so it would be great if we had more individuals at our matches. We have a good amount of home duals, which are great opportunities to check out the team, meet new people, and show your team spirit.
Q: How do you feel about your first match today (Aug. 30)?
A: I can't wait! With all the hard work the team has put in, I think it will be really rewarding to finally get out to play a different team.
The women’s tennis team plays Loras College today (Aug. 30) at 4 p.m. at the Strong Complex Tennis Courts.