The 2013 season will be Joe Kinsella's seventh year at Lake
Forest College and 14th as a collegiate head coach. The two-time
Midwest Conference South Division Coach of the Year owns a 113-98-1
overall record and impressive 57-10 mark in MWC play during
his first six seasons at the College.
Kinsella directed the 2012 Foresters to a 7-1 conference record and the program's 13th consecutive appearance in the four-team MWC Championship Tournament.
Lake Forest has excelled in numerous statistical categories under Kinsella's direction. Forester players have set or tied 36 program records in the last six seasons and Lake Forest has led the conference in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs, runs batted in, hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, stolen bases, and walks during Kinsella's tenure.
Pitcher Kelly Chesnut and outfielders Nora Logue and Whitney Liederman earned All-Midwest Conference South Division honors in 2012. Kinsella's players have now earned a league-high 28 all-conference honors in the last six years. A program record eight Lake Forest players were named Academic All-MWC, giving the team 27 in the last six years.
Kinsella was the head coach at Millsaps College for six years before coming to Lake Forest. He took over a 1-26 program at Milsaps and directed it to three Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference West Division championships, one league title, and an NCAA Regional third-place finish. Individual Lady Majors were named All-SCAC 38 times, earned 36 Academic All-SCAC honors, and were voted SCAC Players of the Year twice during his six seasons. He was named the conference’s Coach of the Year in 2003. He also founded and directed Joe Kinsella’s Major Impact Softball Camps LLC, which he ran throughout Mississippi during the summer. In addition to softball, he was an assistant football coach from 2000-03.
Prior to coaching at Millsaps, Kinsella was the head coach at Dakota Wesleyan University for one year, an assistant softball and football coach at Illinois Wesleyan University for two seasons, a campus minister at St. Patrick High School in Chicago, Illinois for a year, and a softball, track & field, and cross country coach at Resurrection High School in Chicago for three seasons.
Kinsella graduated from Joliet Catholic High School in Joliet, Illinois, and Illinois Wesleyan University. His high school football team captured a state title and his college squad advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
He resides in Lake Forest with his wife Kristen and children Aiden, Caeli, Zoe, and Greyson.