The American University field hockey team welcomes Rachel McCarthy as its newest assistant coach, head coach Steve Jennings announced Monday, May 7.
"We are very excited to welcome Rachel to our program," Jennings said. "She brings with her a great enthusiasm for the sport and a strong background as both a player and a coach. We look forward to adding her knowledge, passion and perspective to the AU field hockey program."
McCarthy, who comes to AU after more than two years as an assistant and interim head coach at Ohio University, appreciated the culture of the AU program immediately.
"Right when I stepped on campus I knew that AU is a place that will help me develop both as a coach and as a person," McCarthy said. "I am extremely grateful and would like to thank Steve Jennings for this opportunity.
"I've known for a while that the AU field hockey program is something very special – the prolonged success of this program on the field and in the classroom is uncommon at this level, and reflects the hard work and dedication to excellence from every person involved with the team. I am so excited to work with all of these amazing student-athletes and help raise the bar for the future success of this program."
While with the Bobcats, McCarthy focused on student-athlete mentorship and development and assisted with practice planning and game preparation, while also overseeing recruiting and organizing team travel and equipment.
In her three seasons at Ohio, McCarthy helped lead the Bobcats to an 18-33 overall record and an 8-10 mark in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). She also mentored three NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches Association) All-Region honorees, nine All-MAC selections, three NFHCA Scholars of Distinction, 34 NFHCA Academic Squad members, six MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes and 24 Academic All-MAC award winners.
Prior to her time at Ohio, McCarthy coached at the club level with the International Field Hockey Club of Kentucky and Northeast Elite Field Hockey.
A successful student-athlete in her own right, McCarthy began her collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts–Lowell, helping lead the River Hawks to an NCAA Division II national title in 2010 and two national runner-up finishes in 2011 and 2012. As an individual, McCarthy was the 2012 Northeast-10 Student-Athlete of the Year and earned two All-America and Academic All-America selections.
In 2013, McCarthy transferred to the University of Louisville, where she helped the Cardinals to the 2013 Big East regular-season title and a berth into the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
McCarthy graduated from Louisville in 2014 with a B.S. in justice administration and went on to earn an M.S. in recreation and sport pedagogy – coaching education from Ohio in 2017.
McCarthy joins one of the most successful programs in American University history. Under the guidance of Jennings, who will enter his 20th season with the Eagles in 2018, AU has earned 10 Patriot League titles and 10 berths into the NCAA Tournament, including two Elite Eight appearances.
The academic successes of the program have been equally as impressive with 15 consecutive NFHCA Division I Academic Team Awards, including 11 years ranked within the top-five team GPA's in the country.