Rachel Stanford begins her fourth season as an assistant coach with the Toledo volleyball program after helping the Rockets to of their top two seasons in school history.
Stanford helped UT to a 17-12 win-loss mark in the 2009 campaign and its .586 winning percentage was the third-best in the program's 32-year existence. In addition, the Rockets tied for second place in the MAC's West Division which was their highest finish ever since the conference went to a divisional format in 1997.
The Rockets followed that up by advancing to the 2010 Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals for just the fourth time in school history.
Stanford's responsibilities at UT include working directly with the middle blockers during practice, in addition to assisting with other day-to-day operations that includes technical training, scouting, video analysis, in-match strategy and recruiting.
Prior to coming to Toledo, Stanford served two years as an assistant at William & Mary where she was part of a program that reached the CAA Tournament each year. She also helped middle blocker Ginny Bray earn third-team all-conference accolades as a sophomore and all-rookie honors as a freshman.
The former Rachel Wagener, Stanford enjoyed a tremendous collegiate career at Maryland, where she was one of the most prolific blockers in school history. She helped lead the Terrapins to three ACC championships and was selected as an AVCA honorable mention All-American following her junior and senior seasons. Stanford finished her career as the school record holder for total blocks (649), block assists (565) and career hitting percentage (.341). In addition, she established the program's single-season block assists record (177) as a sophomore. Following her collegiate career, she was one of 16 athletes selected to participate in the first-ever AVP Beach Tryout where she was one of eight players chosen for the first-time beach volleyball Collegiate Nationals.
An All-America selection at Maryland, Stanford was also named to the 2005 Collegiate Volleyball Update Stellar Spikers Second Team. One of the ACC's top players throughout her career, she was chosen All-ACC First Team as a senior after being tabbed with second-team laurels the previous two seasons. During her rookie season with the Terrapins, she was selected to the ACC All-Freshman Team. She also garnered AVCA All-East Region accolades in 2004 and 2005.
As a senior, Stanford ranked 11th nationally with 1.61 blocks per game, while her .380 hitting percentage ranked 20th in the country. She led the ACC in blocks per game (1.50) as a sophomore and also became the first Maryland player to register 200 total blocks in a season.
A native of Chesapeake, VA, Stanford resides in Toledo with her husband, Andrew, and earned her bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of Maryland in 2006.
Rachel Marie Stanford.
10/27/84 in Philadelphia, PA.
B.S. in kinesiology, Univ. of Maryland '06.
2009-pres. Assistant Coach, Univ. of Toledo
2007-08 Assistant Coach, William & Mary Univ.
2007 Assistant Coach, Tidewater Juniors
Playing Experience & Honors
2002-05 Univ. of Maryland Four-Year Letterwinner
2005 AVCA All-American (HM), AVCA All-Region, First-Team All-ACC
2004 AVCA All-American (HM), AVCA All-Region, Second-Team All-ACC
2003 Second-Team All-ACC
2002 ACC All-Freshman Team