Cara Coughenour (West Des Moines, Iowa) — Women’s Slow Pitch Futures Team Head Coach

Joining the Women’s Slow Pitch National Team as an assistant coach in 2018, Cara Coughenour was selected to lead the inaugural 2019 Women’s Slow Pitch Futures Team. In her first coaching assignment with Team USA, Coughenour helped guide the U.S. women en route to the Border Battle title with a 14-5 victory on Canadian soil.

At the grassroots level,Coughenour has coached Miss Kittys, On Point andSmash It/OA Team 1 at the USA Softball Women’s Open Slow Pitch National Championships, which serves as the pipeline to the Slow Pitch National Team program. Before coaching, she was an accomplished pitcher, competing in many USA Softball National Championships including the 1995 Women's D (1st), 1998 Coed A (7th), 1999 Coed A (13th), 2000 Coed Major (7th), 2002 Coed A (4th), 2003 Women's D (West and Hooters, 1st) and Coed A (5th), 2004 Coed A (5th), Women’s 35-over (5th) and Women's C (9th), 2005 Coed A (2nd), 2006 Women's Open (East and Hooters, 1st), 2007 Women's Open (2nd), 2008 Women's Open (1st), 2009 Women's 35-over (1st), Coed Open (2nd), and Women's Open (4th), and lastly the 2017 Women's Open (4th).

Coughenour racked up numerous awards and accolades, including Home Run Champion and First Team All-American at the Women’s 35-over, as well as a First Team All-American at the Coed Major and Batting Champion at the Women’s Open in 2009.

As to what representing the U.S. means to her, Coughenour said, “The chance to coach some of the best female athletes in the country is such an exciting and fun opportunity, but to do it for the Border Battle and put on that USA uniform, it is truly a mix of emotions. When I first put on the USA uniform, I was in tears. It was a very humbling experience and one that was filled with honor, pride and a lifetime of amazing memories and friendships."