AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College Athletics Department and the Mammoths' field hockey program are happy to announce the recent hiring of Rachel Kennedy as an assistant coach for the team.
A 2016 graduate of NESCAC rival Bowdoin College with a bachelor's degree in government & legal studies, Kennedy comes to the Pioneer Valley following a 10-month stint as a Masa English Teaching Fellow during which she taught English to Arabic speaking elementary school students in an underdeveloped Bedouin community in Rahat, Israel.
"Having achieved greatness at Bowdoin, Rachel knows what it takes to be a successful student-athlete in the NESCAC," commented head coach Carol Knerr. "She will be a fantastic role model for our team."
Previously gaining coaching experience at HTC Field Hockey Club in Connecticut where she specialized in mentoring high schoolers on quick release shots in the circle and firm passing in the midfield, the Trumbull, Conn. native returns to the NESCAC after an illustrious playing career as a dual-sport athlete for the Polar Bears.
Bowdoin's all-time leader in goals (103) and points (226) and the 2015 NFHCA Division III Player of the Year after leading the nation in goals per game (1.59), Kennedy's noteworthy collegiate resume includes being named a First-Team All-American and the NESCAC Player of the Year in each of her final two seasons. The first individual to earn NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors in both field hockey and ice hockey in conference history, Kennedy garnered Bowdoin's Lucy Shulman Award for Outstanding Female Athlete in 2016 and has appeared in three NCAA Championship Finals while helping the Polar Bears raise the national championship trophy in 2013 and the NESCAC trophy in 2015.
"I couldn't be more excited to return to NESCAC field hockey and join the staff at Amherst," said Kennedy. "Carol and Roxy's NESCAC and international coaching experience brings invaluable knowledge to the program. I'm really looking forward to working with them, and with such an impressive group of student-athletes!"
A 200-hour trained yoga teacher, Kennedy enjoys remaining active outside of field hockey, boasting marathon (2019 Tel Aviv Marathon), mountain climbing (Everest Base Camp Trek), and volunteer (Shanti Project) experience.
Welcome to the family Rachel!