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October 12, 2010

Rachel Hanson Named Softball Head Coach at Dartmouth

Courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communications

HANOVER, N.H. -- Dartmouth Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy today announced the hiring of Rachel Hanson as the college's head coach of softball. Hanson comes to Dartmouth after serving the past five years as the head softball coach at the University of Dallas.

"I am thrilled to welcome Rachel to Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth athletic family," Sheehy said. "She brings a passion for coaching and a desire to help young women reach their potential that was unmatched among the candidates. We look forward to working with her to continue the success of our softball program."

During Hanson's five-year tenure, she posted an overall record of 80-87, setting a school record for victories by a softball coach. She was hired as UD's head coach shortly after graduating from Trinity University in Texas and went right to work to turn the independent program into a winning program. After averaging 14 wins during her first three campaigns, the Crusaders posted a school-record 20 victories and featured the Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 2009. Dallas was ranked among the top 20 nationally in scoring, doubles and triples and had two players selected as National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athletes.

This past year, Hanson led the Crusaders to an 18-18 mark while six players earned All-AD3I status, while another received Scholar-Athlete All-America status from the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). In her five seasons at the helm, a total of 22 of her athletes received all-independent accolades and seven received All-America recognition from the USCAA.

"I am incredibly excited to join the athletic department and lead the softball program at Dartmouth," Hanson stated. "With the resources and potential that are already in place, this program has the opportunity to do some very exciting things in the years ahead."

Hanson also has extensive experience working at softball camps, including serving as the head instructor at a Nike Softball Camp. She has been an instructor at various other camps, including Williams College, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and UT-Dallas. Currently a member of the NFCA Hall of Fame Committee, Hanson also served on the NFCA Regional Realignment Committee.

In addition to her duties as the head softball coach, Hanson is in the midst of her fifth year as the head volleyball coach, earning a record of 82-75 to date with a 12-1 mark this year. She guided the 2009 squad to the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in the program's history.

A 2005 graduate of Trinity with a degree in political science, Hanson was a three-time all-conference selection for the Tigers' softball team. She captained the team to a conference championship in her senior year, helping the Crusaders place third at regionals with a final ranking of 19th in the NFCA Coaches' Poll. Hanson was a member of the Dean's List and Pi Sigma Alpha (the National Political Science Honor Society), plus chosen to the academic all-conference squad.

Dartmouth returns its entire pitching staff and four positional starters — including sophomore outfielder Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) who was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and All-Ivy First Team — from the 2010 squad that finished second in the South Division. The Big Green have enjoyed great success of late with a divisional championship and an appearance in the Ivy League Championship Series in 2009.

Hanson will begin her position on campus on Oct. 14, replacing Christine Vogt who resigned from the position last month after six years at the helm of the program.