Kim Tatro became Lawrence University's Director of Athletics in April 2020, but she has been a fixture in the Department of Athletics since 1993.
Tatro moved from her post as associate director of athletics and head softball coach to take the reins of the Department of Athletics.
Tatro was no stranger to the director of athletics role. She served as Lawrence's director of athletics from 2002-05 and again for the 2008-09 academic year. Tatro has been a part of Lawrence's athletic administration since 2001.
A 2014 inductee into Lawrence's Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame, Tatro has been part of the coaching staff since 1993. She began as the volleyball coach in 1993 and coached that sport for eight seasons. Tatro picked up 91 victories and continues to hold the best winning percentage in school history.
Tatro's tenure as softball coach spanned 27 seasons from 1994 to 2020. She racked up 424 wins and her combined total of 515 career victories is easily the most for any coach in Lawrence history. Under Tatro's direction, Lawrence won Midwest Conference championships in 1997, 1998 and 1999 and made appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 1998 and 1999. She has been named Midwest Conference Coach of the Year eight times (2015, 2013, 2011, 2006, 2002, 1999, 1998, 1997).
In Tatro's time as softball coach, the Vikings won the Midwest Conference North Division seven times (2015, 2005, 2003, 2002, 1999, 1998, 1997) and qualified for the four-team Midwest Conference Tournament 11 times.
Tatro also has been a major figure on the NCAA Division III softball scene. The native of Naperville, Ill., is currently in her second year as the chair of the NCAA Division III Softball Championships committee. This is the second time Tatro has served as chair of the national committee and has been on the committee for 11 years over two separate stints. She also has served as chair of the Midwest Conference softball coaches and has worked on various league committees over the past three decades.
A 1987 graduate of St. Norbert College, Tatro has twice been honored by her alma mater in the St. Norbert Hall of Fame. A three-sport star in softball, volleyball and basketball, Tatro was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. She was honored again in 2005 as a member of the 1984-85 St. Norbert women's basketball team that reached the NCAA Division III Final Four. Tatro also was chosen for the Waubonsie Valley High School Hall of Fame in 1993.