Karen Lombardo-Baker – As a member of the UMSL Womens’ Team, Karen was a three time leading scorer and as a team a three time final four appearances in NCAA Division I Tournaments. Karen moved her senior year to Cardinal Newman finishing a runner-up while receiving All-American honors. While continuing her playing career, Karen played from 1980-85 in the St. Louis Championship Cup and Regional and Open National teams.Taking her playing skill to the coaching level was the next step. Karen was an assistant at Incarnate Word with trips to the Final Four on five different occasions that included two Missouri State titles. At the same time Karen was the ladies head coach at Florissant Valley CC. earning three Conference titles and two NJCAA Championships and a runner-up. Karen was the first and youngest female to receive not one but two NJCAA Coach of the Year Award.
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