Kara Dill enters her second season as a volunteer assistant coach at LSU after spending the previous five years at Kentucky as both a student-athlete and volunteer assistant coach for the Wildcats. Dill will assist in all aspects of the program, with a primary focus on the Tigers’ slap hitters.
In her first season in 2015, Dill led the talented group to a prolific season at the plate, led by second team NFCA All-American selection Bailey Landry who led the Tigers with a .421 batting average and 89 hits. Under her watch last season, LSU slappers accounted for 216 of the team’s 565 total hits.
The LaGrange, Ohio, native is coming off of stint in Lexington that went unrivaled in the program’s existence which included two NCAA Super Regional berths and the school’s first trip to the Women’s College World Series this past summer after amassing 50 wins.
Dill was one of the most feared leadoff hitters in the Southeastern Conference while at UK, kicking off her career with a 15-game hitting streak as a freshman en route to an inaugural campaign that saw her earn 71 which was the fifth most for any Kentucky player in a single-season. By the time she ended her career, she finished eighth in hits with 201, sixth in stolen bases with 57, fifth in batting average at .330 and seventh in runs scored with 119 to go along with two All-SEC selections.
The consummate student-athlete, Dill was able to graduate from Kentucky with her bachelor’s degree three semesters early, eventually completing her masters while concluding her stellar career on the diamond. After her senior year, where she led the team in batting average, Dill was named to the SEC Community Service Team for her work with various groups, as well as being a CoSIDA Capitol One Academic All-District selection.
While at Kentucky, Dill was named to the Frank G. Ham Society of Character, which annually honors Kentucky Wildcats who have shown an extraordinary commitment to academic excellence, athletic participation, personal development, career preparation and serving as a role model. She was also up for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which recognizes student-athletes who utilize their complete athletic eligibility while honoring the four core attributes of the award in community, classroom, character and competition.
Dill resides in Baton Rouge.