Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/7/16
From Press Release
DeSales University recently named Rachel Smith as its first women’s lacrosse coach and will launch its 19th varsity program in the Fall of 2016., Director of Athletics Scott Coval has announced.
The Bulldogs will be adding three sports at the start of the 2016-17 academic year, reinstating men’s and women’s tennis after both programs were dropped in 2009, and women’s lacrosse as a brand new sport. It will be the first brand new sport added since field hockey was added in 2004.
Smith has spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Stevenson University helping the Mustangs post a 25-13 record and win their first-ever MAC Commonwealth Championship in 2014. She is on schedule to graduate with her Masters’ in business and technology management in December.
Prior to arriving at Stevenson, Smith was a three-year member of the women’s lacrosse team at the University of Florida and was part of the inaugural team at Florida in 2009 as a member of the #1 ranked recruiting class. She finished her career playing just two years and appeared in 11 games due to injury, serving as the team manager as a senior.
The Gators won the ALC (American Lacrosse Championship) in 2011 and 2012 and advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 2012 when Smith was a sophomore. She was named to the SEC Freshman and ALC Academic Honor Roll. Smith graduated from Florida in 2013 with a bachelor’s of science in recreation, tourism, and hospitality with a specialization in event management.
Smith is originally from Ellicott City, MD competing in both field hockey and women’s lacrosse at Mt. Hebron HS. She was named an Under Armour All-American Underclassmen in lacrosse in 2007.
“I would like to thank Director of Athletics Scott Coval and the rest of the DeSales Administration for the opportunity to lead the Inaugural Women’s Lacrosse Program,” said Smith. “DeSales has a strong reputation and tradition for developing and leading student-athletes, not only on the field but into their careers as well. I plan to recruit student-athletes who fit into the DeSales culture and who exude the eagerness to make history here.”
“We are pleased to announce Rachel Smith as our first women’s lacrosse head coach,” Coval stated. “Since women’s lacrosse is a new varsity sport at DeSales, we were looking for a head coach who had the experience, energy and work ethic necessary to build a championship program. We believe we found that in Rachel.
“She has had success as a player at the highest collegiate level, participating in the NCAA Division I Final Four at the University of Florida. This, combined with her college and club coaching experience, made her the right choice to lead our team. Under Rachel’s leadership, we are very excited about the future of our women’s lacrosse program.”