Kara Battistoni joined the Drexel swimming and diving coaching staff during the fall of 2018 as an assistant coach.
Prior to her arrival at Drexel University, Battistoni earned her bachelor's in Fine Arts from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., where she was named to the Deans List multiple times and invited to present her work at events held by the Rutgers Entrepreneurial Society. While earning her degree, she was a scholarship recipient and four-year member of the women’s varsity swimming and diving team. Battistoni helped the 2006 Rutgers women’s team rank 12th nationally, was a two-time Big East Champion Competitor and was selected to the Big East All-Academic Team multiple years in a row before she suffered a severe back injury which forced her to red shirt.
From 2016-2017, Battistoni served as the assistant coach at Butler University. She helped the Bulldogs to a successful season overall and brought in the most competitive incoming freshman class in recent history.
Before Butler, Battistoni was the Director of Operations for Rutgers Women’s Swimming & Diving from 2014 to 2016. She was also the Interim Assistant Coach during a transition period. During this time, she also coached for Scarlet Aquatic Club and did personal training at Apollon Gym.
Battistoni, a native from Providence, R.I., has a strong strength and conditioning background; currently holding a CSCS certification. She served as a coach for Seacoast Swimming Association from 2011-2014 where she had the opportunity to coach every age group. In 2014, she was also named Head Strength & Conditioning Coach. Her dryland program design, which focused on functional strength, mobility, and injury prevention, helped Seacoast rank in the top 4% of 2700 registered USA swim teams.