BRIDGEWATER, Va. --- Former Muhlenberg assistant Rachael Bragg has been named the new head women's lacrosse coach at Bridgewater College.
"We are very excited to have Rachael lead the Bridgewater College women's lacrosse program," said director of athletics Curt Kendall. "Everyone on the search committee was extremely impressed with her preparation and knowledge of the sport, and her experience as an assistant with two successful teams will help her continue to develop an Eagles program that is on the rise."
"I am honored and extremely excited to be named the next head women's lacrosse coach at Bridgewater College," said Bragg. "I want to thank Curt Kendall and the entire search committee for giving me this opportunity to continue to build on the success of the women's lacrosse program. Bridgewater is a wonderful and welcoming institution and I can't wait to get started."
Bragg's three seasons as a Division III assistant coach have resulted in a 42-13 record, two championships, and two victories over a #1 ranked team.
In her second season at Muhlenberg, Bragg and the Mules compiled a 13-4 record, defeated the nation's #1 ranked team (Gettysburg) and earned the program's first-ever national ranking (#20).
In 2016, Muhlenberg went 13-5 and won its first-ever ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championship, defeating Stockton 13-9 in the final.
Bragg coached one All-American, two All-Region players, seven All-Centennial Conference players and one Centennial Offensive Player of the Year in her two seasons at Muhlenberg.
In 2015, Bragg was an assistant coach at The Catholic University of America. The Cardinals opened the season with a 13-12 win over #1 Salisbury, defeated Susquehanna 22-9 in the Landmark Conference championship game, and then beat Western New England and Mount Union in the NCAA tournament before finally falling by one goal to #2 SUNY-Cortland in the Elite Eight.
Bragg has also coached at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, and with the T3 West and Next Level club programs.
She attended Birmingham-Southern, where she was a four-year varsity letterwinner. Bragg earned her bachelor of science degree in psychology in 2013, and then graduated from Northeastern University's Master of Sports Leadership program in the spring of 2017. She attended the NCAA's Emerging Leaders Conference that year.
Bragg replaces Colleen Shearer, and inherits an Eagles team that has made two consecutive ODAC postseason appearances.
--- This release is courtesy of the Bridgewater College department of athletic communications. ---