Concordia (Texas) hires former pitching standout Reekstin to lead program
AUSTIN, Texas -- Concordia (Texas) athletics director Stan Bonewitz announced Monday the hiring of Rachel Reekstin as head softball coach.
"We are thrilled to add someone of Rachel's caliber to lead our program," Bonewitz said. "She has established herself as one of the great young coaches. I was very impressed with Rachel's plan to manage and grow our softball program, both on and off the field."
"I am excited to become the head softball coach at Concordia University Texas," Reekstin said. "It has been a dream of mine to become a head coach and this is the perfect opportunity.
"I saw firsthand a program turn around and become a national powerhouse at Concordia University Irvine. I want to do something like that at Concordia Texas."
Reekstin joins the Tornados after one season at Wellesley College, where she served as the pitching coach.
During her time in the Boston area, Reekstin helped the Blue to a 22-14 overall record and a 10-6 finish last year in the New England Men's and Women's Athletic Conference. She oversaw a Wellesley pitching staff which logged a 2.53 ERA in 2013, which was fourth in the league and nearly 75 points less than the previous season. Reekstin's pitchers also recorded eight shutouts during the campaign.
Reekstin began her collegiate coaching career at her alma mater, Concordia Irvine (Calif.), as a graduate assistant in 2012. While with the Eagles, she served as the pitching coach and helped the team to a No. 1 national ranking in NAIA and the Golden States Athletic Conference (GSAC) Championship. Concordia Irvine, which finished the year with a 56-4 overall record (15-1 GSAC) advanced to the NAIA World Series, but was unable to move on from pool play.
The Eagles' pitching staff ranked fourth in the nation with a 1.28 ERA and fifth with 430 strikeouts, and rotation ace Katie Cotta was named first-team All-American and GSAC Pitcher of the Year.
Before joining the coaching ranks, Reekstin was a standout in the circle for Concordia Irvine from 2007-10. The right-hander helped the Eagles to 147 victories (36.8 per season) during her four years and a pair of appearances in the NAIA World Series (2009 and '10). She ranks among the top five in eight of Concordia Irvine's career pitching categories, including games started (78/tied second), wins (48/third), saves (5/third), innings pitching (485.0/third), strikeouts (297/tied third), appearances (108/fourth), shutouts (18/tied fourth) and complete games (43/fifth). Additionally, she owned a career 1.96 ERA.
Reekstin earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Concordia Irvine in 2010 and a master's in coaching and athletic administration three years later.