Rachel Stauffer

Former Indiana standout Rachel Stauffer joined UC Davis field hockey's staff on Dec. 9, 2020, after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Penn.

"I'm honored and grateful to fill this role at UC Davis. I am thankful to head coach Britt Broady for the opportunity and her confidence in me, as well as coaches Colleen Fink and Katelyn O'Brien at Penn for their help in shaping me into the coach and person I am today," said Stauffer.

"I am eager to bring my passion for field hockey and life to Davis; this program is on an upward trajectory and I'm looking forward to continuing this with current student-athletes and coaches."

Added Broady, "We are pleased to welcome Rachel to our staff. As a goal scorer in the Big Ten with honors for her play, she will bring high standards and expertise to our forward line. We have been focused upon our team attack and principles for the past year and I'm excited for Rachel to contribute her knowledge and energy."

In addition to on-field instruction and skill development, Stauffer played an integral role in the day-to-day operations of the Quakers' field hockey program. Not only was she involved with the development of the team's practice plans, she also broke down, coded and organized film sessions for use in individual meetings and scouting opponents.

Responsible for handling every element throughout each road trip, Stauffer also focused her time and efforts during the year on the team's recruiting and fundraising efforts.

Stauffer's knowledge of the game, experience as a student-athlete and coach is why top international technical directors from around the world also invited her to train and instruct elite-level talents throughout her tenure at Penn.

In addition to her duties with the Quakers, Stauffer was an indoor and outdoor head coach for multiple U14-U19 teams, organized clinics, training programs and developed curriculum for Main Line Field Hockey Club (Philadelphia) since 2017.

Working alongside young women who seek an elite education, and a well-rounded student-athlete experience is a situation familiar to Stauffer ever since she started her coaching career at Colby College in 2016.

On the turf, she strengthened players' fundamentals, taught various tactics and strategies for success through one-on-one sessions. Off it, she assisted academic advisors in helping individuals thrive at a liberal arts institution that is consistently ranked within the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation.