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Softball Coaching Staff
Rachel Coleman
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Delaware
Graduating Year: 2013
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: 302-831-1071
Rachel Coleman will begin her second year on the University of Delaware softball staff as an assistant coach in the 2017 season. Additionally she serves as the pitching coach for the Blue Hens.

During her first season in Newark Coleman helped lead the Blue Hens to a 30-21 record, while Delaware earned its first trip to the CAA Tournament since 2013 by finishing fifth in the conference with a 9-9 league mark. Delaware then defeated Elon in the first game of the tournament, recording the school’s first CAA Tournament victory since 2004.

UD’s 30 wins tied for the fifth most in a single season and marked the second time in program history the Blue Hens recorded consecutive 30-win campaigns, along with 1999 and 2000. The season included a series win over Hofstra, as Delaware snapped a 27-game losing streak to the Pride and posted the first series win over its rival since the 2006 season.

Delaware led the CAA and set a school single season record with 101 stolen bases, and ranked second in program history with 255 runs scored and 33 homers, finishing behind only the 2015 squad.

Mariah Kondravy was named first team All-CAA, the first Blue Hen to earn first team all-league honors since the 2010 season, while Leanna Gearhart, Gabby Klecko and Anna Steinmetz were second team honorees. Delaware put four players on the All-CAA teams for the first time since 2004, while Steinmetz became the third Blue Hen in school history to earn conference Rookie of the Year accolades.

Kondravy was a second team All-Northeast Region selection following the year, becoming the fourth UD player to earn multiple All-Region honors, while Steinmetz was tabbed honorable mention All-Region.

Gearhart set UD single season records and led the CAA with 54 runs scored and 44 stolen bases, and ranked among the top 10 in the nation in both categories. Meanwhile Steinmetz tied Kondravy for the UD single season mark with 15 homers, which tied for the CAA lead and tied for fourth among Division I freshmen. Also Carolyn Szymanski was selected first team CoSIDA Academic All-District 2, the first Blue Hen to earn that award since 2009.

Coleman, who graduated from UD in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management and a minor in coaching science, returned to her alma mater in the summer of 2015 after spending the previous two seasons as a graduate manager and video coordinator at softball powerhouse Tennessee.

“I’ve very excited to have Rachel join the Delaware softball coaching staff,” Seneca said at the time of Coleman’s hiring. “Her passion for the game is apparent in everything she does, and her time with a nationally-ranked program like Tennessee will prove invaluable. Rachel is a Blue Hen alum with many ties to the University, and she will be a tremendous asset for our student-athletes.”

Coleman helped the Vols advance to the NCAA Super Regionals during both of her years in Knoxville, while the 2015 squad competed in the Women’s College World Series. Coleman assisted with practice, games and the program’s daily operations duties, and also helped with recruiting visits. Additionally she recorded and broke down all practice and game film, and created weekly and yearly highlight videos for pregame and recruiting events.

“Rachel was a valuable member of our staff for the last two years,” said Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly. “She is bright and energetic and has a tremendous passion for the game. It’s exciting that she will begin her collegiate coaching career close to home in an area she knows well.”

Prior to arriving in Knoxville, Coleman was a volunteer assistant coach during the 2013 campaign with the Kennesaw State program, where she assisted with practice, games and team travel.

“We at Kennesaw State are so very pleased for Rachel and are proud that our school was a part of her journey,” said former Kennesaw State head coach Scott Whitlock, a member of the NFCA Hall of Fame. “She has done things the ‘right way.’ She volunteered to get herself into the profession, and using hard work and dedication, she has shown that she belongs. We are excited for her opportunity at Delaware.”

Coleman also worked softball camps at Tennessee and Florida over the summers of 2013 and 2014, and served as the junior varsity head coach at nearby Newark High School in 2012 while she was an undergraduate at Delaware. A National Fastpitch Coaches Association member, she also was a football operations intern and served a sports marketing internship from 2010-12 at UD.

Updated 6/10/16

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