17N2 Assistant Coach
Coach Rachel was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. She started her playing career at ARVC as a 13-year-old and then went to New Mexico Juniors where she became a standout outside hitter/ ds on a team that qualified for the USAV Junior Olympic Nationals for three straight years. Rachel attended Sandia High School, she lettered all 4 years on Varsity and received other awards such as District Honorable Mention, All-District, and All-Academic. Rachel joined the collegiate ranks at Trinidad Junior College where she earned a full-ride volleyball scholarship, team captain in 2013, and 1st team All-Region both years. From there she transferred to Fort Lewis College where she studied elementary education. Rachel finished her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts at the University of New Mexico. Rachel currently works at AMAC Insurance company where she is an administrative manager. This is Rachel’s 6th year coaching club volleyball at ARVC. Rachel’s coaching philosophy is to create a positive yet competitive learning environment where athletes know their why. Strong work ethics, communication, and trust are some of the top priorities. Where athletes allow themselves to fail so that they can succeed. Where volleyball isn’t just a sport but more a passion, a lifestyle.
Coach Rachel’s Coaching Philosophy – Her philosophy is to change these athletes’ lives and guide them to be the best version of themselves. Rachel states, “I have always had a love for volleyball and the game. After playing in college, I felt like a piece of me was missing. I picked up coaching because I needed volleyball in my life. But now coaching has become so much more for me. It is my calling, my passion. I truly believe this is what God had planned for me. I love all these wonderful girls and coaches that I meet and grow relationships with. I can’t wait to continue pursuing this dream of mine.”
Coach Rachel’s Favorite Quote: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”