Rachael Powers returns for her fifth season as head softball coach at Wheaton College having posted back-to-back 20-win season in 2010 and 2011.
A former all-region student-athlete for the Lyons, Powers returned to Norton in 2008 after spending the previous four years as an assistant coach at Framingham State University. She was an assistant coach on the Lyons 2008 team which posted a 29-14 mark and placed second in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) with a 12-4 record. She was promoted to head coach following the season.
At Framingham, Powers brought unprecedented success to the Rams program. In her four years in Framingham (2004-07), she guided the Rams to 74 wins, including 34 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play – the highest four-year totals in program history to that point. Including tournament action, Framingham State was 42-27 against league foes with Powers as a coach.
The Rams captured their first MASCAC Tournament and earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2007. Powers helped Framingham State match the program's single-season wins record (21) in both 2006 and 2007 while pushing the squad to the championship round of the MASCAC Tournament in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
A 2003 graduate who majored in U.S. history, Powers was a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-New England selection as well as a two-time New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association (NEISCA) All-Region selection during her playing days at Wheaton.
She helped the Lyons post a 143-38-1 record (57-7 NEWMAC) during her four years as a student-athlete as Wheaton won or shared the NEWMAC regular season league crown all four of her years, capturing the conference tournament crown on three occasions. Wheaton advanced to the NCAA Tournament during her final three years (2001-03) and advanced to the College World Series in 2001, where the Lyons finished third nationally. Following the CWS, Powers was named to the All-Tournament Team.
A two-year captain at Wheaton, Powers was the Lyons starting third baseman and center fielder during different points in her career. Upon graduating, she ranked among the top-10 in program history in several offensive categories, including runs (136), hits (199), doubles (38), home runs (15), RBI (117), and stolen bases (62). Powers was also a member of the women’s soccer team as a freshman in 1999.
As the longest-tenured active
part-time coach at Wheaton, Bob Roscoe enters his 18th season in
the Lyon softball dugout in 2013.
Roscoe's initial year coaching softball at Wheaton was 1996, but by then he was midway through a 14-year stint with the women's volleyball program. He was an assistant volleyball coach from 1989-2001 before serving as a co-head coach in 2002, helping the Lyons to a 15-16 mark. During Roscoe's tenure with the softball squad, the Lyons have qualified for seven NCAA Tournaments, including three trips to the College World Series.
In 2003 and 2004, Roscoe was an assistant women's volleyball coach at Salve Regina University. He then served on the Bridgewater State College staff for four years, including being elevated to head coach in 2008. During Roscoe's tenure, Bridgewater State qualified for four NCAA Tournaments and won four Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament titles and at least a share of three regular season crowns.
Roscoe also coached girls' volleyball in the Junior Olympics for six years and has coached Massachusetts youths with the Brockton Juniors, the Coastal Volleyball Club and the Bay State Juniors.