Rachel Kennedy enters her first season on the sidelines as an assistant coach on the Amherst field hockey team's coaching staff in 2019.
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.
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.
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.