The 2020 season will be Joe Kinsella's 14th at Lake Forest College and 21st as a collegiate head coach. The four-time coach of the year in the Midwest Conference (or MWC South Division) owns a 300-197-1 overall record and impressive 152-28 mark in MWC play during his first 13 seasons at the College.
Kinsella coached the 2019 Foresters to a 26-17 overall record, a 14-4 mark in conference play, and the program's fifth MWC title in the last six years. Lake Forest advanced to the four-team MWC Tournament for the 20th year in a row and won the event to qualify for the NCAA Division III Tournament for the fifth time in Kinsella's tenure and the 10th time in program history. The team reached the championship round of the NCAA Regional Tournament for the fourth time in the last six years before being eliminated.
A pair of Foresters were named First Team All-MWC and three others received Second Team All-MWC distinction in 2019. Kinsella's players have now earned 64 all-conference awards and a dozen MWC Player or Pitcher of the Year honors in the last 13 years. He has also coached Lake Forest players to 24 All-Great Lakes Region honors.
Eight Lake Forest players were named Academic All-MWC in 2019, giving the team 82 since Kinsella took over as head coach. In addition, Shaye Gauthier was the MWC Elite 20 Award winner 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 and additional titles the last two years. Lake Forest is 170-81 overall and 83-15 in the MWC with a regional tournament title in the last six years.
Lake Forest has excelled in numerous statistical categories under Kinsella's direction. Members of the program set or tied eight school records in 2019 and the program's top marks in 61 different 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.