Rachael Powers returns for her sixth season as head softball coach at Wheaton College having posted back-to-back 20-win season in 2010 and 2011, while guiding the Lyons to their first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship in 2013. Powers also picked up her 100th career win in the ECAC Tournament with a 6-0 victory in the semifinals over Becker College on May 9.
In 2013, Wheaton posted a 28-16 record - the program's 14th season with 25 or more wins - en route to its first-ever ECAC Championship. The Lyons had three student-athletes named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference team and two student-athletes named to the Academic All-Conference team. Emma Hart and Jenna Rocha were also named to the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) All-New England team.
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.
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