Kara Mupo is head coach Amy Bokker’s first addition to the Ohio State women’s lacrosse staff, named an assistant coach on Monday (June 17).
“I am so grateful to welcome Kara Mupo to Buckeye Nation,” Bokker said. “Kara is a proven champion, very loyal and coaches with an amazing technical skill set. She challenges student-athletes offensively to get to the next level. There is no doubt our student-athletes will develop on and off the field with Kara’s guidance. I am so happy she has committed to join Buckeye Lacrosse in this new chapter.”
Mupo will serve as the offensive coordinator for the Buckeyes after spending last season with Bokker as an assistant on the Stanford lacrosse staff. During the 2019 season, the Cardinal led the Pac-12 in shot percentage (.431), assists (125), goals per game (13.89) and points per game (20.47), culminating in an NCAA Tournament appearance.
“I am extremely honored to officially be a part of the Ohio State Athletics Department and Buckeye Nation,” Mupo said. “The opportunity to continue to coach alongside Amy, as well as the rest of the women’s lacrosse support staff, in this new era of Buckeye women’s lacrosse is an incredible opportunity. Additionally, I’d like to thank Stanford for the opportunity to work at one of the most prestigious academic and athletic universities in the world. The excitement and energy that surrounds the current state as well as the future of Ohio State is something I feel is truly unparalleled. I am very much looking forward to being back in the Big Ten conference and representing this amazing university.”
A former member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, Mupo plays professionally in the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL) for the New England Command, who kicked off their inaugural season in the summer of 2018. She won the first WPLL Championship as a member of the Command and led the league in goals. In 2016, she was a member of the Philadelphia Force and earned all-star status after she led the league in scoring.
Prior to serving as an assistant at Stanford, Mupo spent one season as an assistant at Stony Brook and two seasons with William & Mary. At Stony Brook, she helped the SeaWolves to a 20-win season and a No. 1 national ranking in 2018. Under Mupo, the Stony Brook offense led the country in points per game (29.28), scoring margin (+10.80), assists per game (11.23) and shot percentage (.547).
A two-time national champion as a player at Northwestern in 2011 and 2012, Mupo guided the Wildcats to four consecutive Final Four appearances. She served as team captain in her senior season and finished her collegiate career with 186 points (136g, 50a).
A native of Rocky Point, N.Y., Mupo earned a bachelor of science in human development and psychological services from Northwestern in 2014 and received a master’s degree in sports administration at Northwestern in 2015.