Rachel Fineberg begins her fifth year on the University of Delaware Student Services for Athletes Staff as assistant director in 2014-15.
Fineberg, who earned degrees from Penn State and the University of Tennessee and most recently worked at Florida State, works closely with SSA Director Tim Morrissey in providing academic, career, and personal counseling to University of Delaware student-athletes.
She serves as co-advisor for SAAC and coordinates Life Skills programming for the department. In addition, Fineberg teaches a freshmen seminar course to assist student-athletes with their transition to college life. She is the SSA liaison for the baseball, softball, rowing, and women's track and field and cross country teams.
A native of State College, Pa., she earned her degree with honors in mathematics from Penn State in 2002 and went on to earn her master's degree in sports studies and sport management from the University of Tennessee in 2006.
Fineberg began her career as a math teacher at Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, Md. in 2002-04 before deciding to return to school in pursuit of her master's degree.
While at Tennessee, she completed multiple practicum experiences at the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center in 2005-06 and was a graduate teaching associate at the University in 2004-06.
Fineberg served as Student-Athlete Development Advisor and Tutorial Coordinator at Delaware's Colonial Athletic Association rival Georgia State University in 2006-07. While at GSU, she was responsible for providing academic advisement and counseling for seven sports including women's basketball, softball, and volleyball.
After a year at Georgia State, Fineberg moved to Florida State University where she served for one year as academic advisor/learning specialist within the Athletic Academic Support office before being promoted to assistant director of educational services in March, 2008.
While at FSU, her responsibilities also included the supervision of two full-time staff members, as well as numerous graduate assistants and upwards of 100 part-time staff. She provided oversight to the tutorial program and coordinated campus resources for student-athletes with learning disabilities.
Fineberg was responsible providing academic advisement and counseling for designated football student-athletes and serving as a learning specialist for at-risk student-athletes.