Norton, Mass.- Todays spotlight is Rachael Powers, Head Coach for Softball and 2003 alumni, as the Wheaton Lyons will be zoning in on staff, alumni and student-athletes that make Wheaton College such a special place. Be sure to check out our next spotlight on Wednesday!
Name: Rachael (Powers) Kelleher
Position: Head Softball Coach
Years at Wheaton: 13 as of July 1, 2020
Hometown: Quincy, Ma
Schooling: Wheaton '03
Question & Anwser
What do you love about working at Wheaton College?
The People! – Wheaton has always been about the People. As a student I always felt Wheaton was a "homie" welcoming atmosphere. You could talk to anyone, and everyone you walked by took the time to say hi or waive. As an employee, its still about the people, but also the athletes. Getting to know our kids as recruits, bringing them to Wheaton and seeing the "Grow & Grow Up" before your eyes, is an opportunity very special to a College Coach. They start out as kids and leave as adults & family. Knowing Wheaton, our program, and I was a piece of their growth and development on the field, in the classroom and as they move on into their futures is why I love what I do.
What do you enjoy outside of work?
Any time I can get with my family and or friends is enjoyable. I mostly enjoy not having to race around and just hanging with my kids and or heading to my parents house in the summer to hang at the pool. On a typical summer Sunday there could be 20 + family or friends that are there.
What was your path to end up at Wheaton?
During the recruiting process, I was recruited by a few schools to play Soccer, Basketball and Softball. I had no idea which one I wanted to play and which I would be ready to give up. After talking with the softball coaches at Wheaton, I told them I wanted to continue playing soccer and softball. Once I met with Coach Loudenburg and Reis at Wheaton I was sold, and thrilled to have an opportunity to be apart of two programs that competed with high standards and at the tops of the conference & in the NCAA. Following graduation I spent 4 years coaching at Framingham State and working other day jobs, then returned to Wheaton for the '08 season as an ast coach. I was hired as the head coach in July of '08 after Coach Loudenburgs was at the helm for 19 years.
How do you enhance the student-athlete experience?
We get to work with our athletes in so many ways that there isn't just one or two ways. I love being a part of their lives from the beginning and through their time at Wheaton. Getting to know not just our players but work with and getting to know others on campus as well.
What is your most memorable memory at Wheaton?
In Athletics there are so many, in very different ways. But as a player, in '01 we finished 3rd at the DIII World Series with a 42-9 season. As a Coach the 2015 Season, which included 15 games won by run rule and a trip to Wheaton first Super Regional
Rapid Fire Questions
Favorite place to eat in Norton? I don't have a favorite place, but at Mac & Walts – Burger with fried egg and their house bourbon sauce. Emma's – Boneless Teriyaki Tenders, and Norton House of Pizza – Chicken Parm Calzone
Favorite event to attend at Wheaton College? Other than a game, events that the players are involved in.
Favorite sports team? Red Sox
Favorite place on the Wheaton College Campus? The Field and my office
Favorite Movie? There are so many great motivational sports movies that I could watch over and over, but League of their Own tops the list, but my favorite TV show is The Golden Girls