Rachel Hanson's rise through the softball coaching ranks just took a quantum leap. A little more than nine years after graduating from Trinity University in San Antonio, Hanson will assume the controls of her first NCAA Division I scholarship program.
New Stanford softball coach Rachel Hanson from Dartmouth. Photo courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics.
Dartmouth Athletic Director Harry Sheehy confirmed Hanson's the move to the Valley News on Friday night, after his department posted an ad for Hanson's former position on an NCAA website earlier in the day.
"Rachel is an outstanding leader and softball coach who will be a great fit for Stanford University," said 11-time national champion and Hall of Fame coach, Sue Enquist. "Rachel has built a reputation of developing student-athletes who thrive under pressure in the classroom and on the softball field. The future is bright for Stanford softball."
Hanson takes over for John Rittman, who resigned his post following a disappointing season that included transfers, untimely injuries and bad luck. Rittman led the Cardinal to 17 consecutive postseason appearances before failing to do so this year.
Hanson guided the Big Green to a 31-19 overall record and a berth in the NCAA tournament in the spring. She had an overall mark of 88-86 at the Ivy League school, the only NCAA Division I conference not to offer athletic scholarships.
She began her coaching career at Division III University of Dallas, spending five years developing the Crusaders into a competitive program. Her overall college softball coaching record is 168-173. She also coached the Dallas women's volleyball team.
A 2005 graduate of Trinity, Hanson holds a pair of school records and is among the top 10 in several other categories. She's played in more games and started more games than any other player in Tigers' history.
Hanson also tops the all-time list in walks, is third in at bats, fifth in stolen bases and runs scored and seventh in hits and triples.