The 2019 season will be Joe Kinsella's 13th at Lake Forest College and 20th as a collegiate head coach. The three-time Midwest Conference South Division Coach of the Year owns a 274-180-1 overall record and impressive 138-24 mark in MWC play during his first 12 seasons at the College.
Kinsella coached the 2018 Foresters to a 29-13 overall record, a 17-1 mark in conference play, and the program's fourth MWC title in the last five years. Lake Forest advanced to the four-team MWC Tournament for the 19th year in a row and earned the first at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament in league history.
Three Foresters were named First Team All-MWC and three others received Second Team All-MWC distinction in 2018. Kinsella's players have now earned 59 all-conference awards and a dozen MWC Player or Pitcher of the Year honors in the last 12 years. He has also coached Lake Forest players to 24 All-Great Lakes Region honors.
A program record 14 Foresters were named Academic All-MWC in 2018, giving the team 74 since Kinsella took over as head coach. In addition, Kat Beall was the MWC Elite 20 Award winner for the third time in as many seasons for possessing the highest cumulative grade point average of any player competing at the four-team MWC Tournament.
After directing the Foresters to three runner-up finishes at the MWC Tournament, Kinsella's team broke through and claimed back-to-back-to-back conference championships starting in 2014. After claiming another title in 2018, Lake Forest is 144-64 overall and 69-11 in the MWC with a regional tournament title in the last five years.
Lake Forest has excelled in numerous statistical categories under Kinsella's direction. Members of the team set or tied four school records in 2018 and the program's top marks in 59 different statistical categories have been recorded during Kinsella's time as head coach. Among the records set during his tenure is the 2015 team's 35 victories en route to an NCAA Regional Tournament title and appearance in the super regional round. In addition, Lake Forest has led the conference in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs, runs batted in, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, total bases, stolen bases, walks, hit by pitch, earned run average, opponent batting average, saves, strikeouts, putouts, assists, and fielding percentage during Kinsella's tenure.
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 children Aiden, Caeli, Zoe, Greyson, and Liam.