Rachel Vallarelli

Rachel Vallarelli was appointed as the Assistant Athletic Director and Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Bard College in November of 2021.

Vallarelli is a college coach, Club Director for 91 Tri State and a Professional Women's Field and Professional Men's Box Lacrosse Player. She also owns and operates her own business, RV Lacrosse, which focuses on Box and Field Lacrosse Training. Rachel was also elected to the World Lacrosse Women’s Box Lacrosse Working Group in 2021, working to grow the game for box lacrosse for women at the national and international levels.

Vallarelli brings a wealth of coaching and playing experience with her to the Raptors sideline. A 2011 graduate of School of the Holy Child in Rye, N.Y., she starred at goalie for the Gryphons’ lacrosse squad, earning four varsity letters and helping the team to having its first ever winning record, and playoff berths after that. She holds the record for career saves and holds second and third place for Single Season Saves. Her career high was 24 stops versus Greenwich Academy her Senior Year.

During her time at Holy Child and before she committed to play at UMass, Vallarelli was selected to the US U19 National Team squad and has been in the Team USA System since 2010. She continued her lacrosse career at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where she started in goal for three seasons, earning numerous accolades along the way and holding NCAA, Conference and School Records. During her goalie days at UMass, Vallarelli registered 48 victories and had a goals-against-average of 6.77 — both of which rank second in program history. Her career goals-against-average is eighth in NCAA history, her 2015 GAA (5.77) is 10th in NCAA History and she was the NCAA save percentage champion in 2015 (.523). She is also a two-time NCAA GAA Runner Up (6.26 in 2014 and 5.77 in 2015).

UMass won four-consecutive Atlantic 10 championships and was undefeated in conference play (with four NCAA Tournament Appearances & two First Round Wins) while Vallarelli played goalie. She was also selected as the conference’s Defender of the Week seven times and earn the 2015 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year Award. Vallarelli was named to the IWLCA All-Northeast Region Second Team in 2015, was a member of the A-10 All Conference First Team in 2015 and Second Team in 2014, and A-10 All Conference Tournament Team in both 2014 and 2015. She was also named to the A-10 Conference All Rookie Team in 2012.