Rachel Sellari begins her second season as head volleyball coach at Rose-Hulman in the upcoming 2019 season.
Sellari helped Rose-Hulman reach the NCAA Division III volleyball tournament for just the second time in program history during her first year in 2018. The Fightin' Engineers finished 19-13 overall and won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship to punch their first NCAA Division III Tournament ticket since 2011.
The season included seven matches against NCAA Division III nationally ranked teams and was highlighted by a four-set win at Transylvania University in the HCAC Tournament championship match.
Rose-Hulman also placed three players on the first-team all-HCAC squad. Individually, Katryna Dahlberg led the individual accolades with HCAC Defensive Most Valuable Player and HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
Prior to her Rose-Hulman era, Sellari enjoyed a well rounded playing and coaching experience at the NCAA Division I, III and NAIA levels.
Sellari spent the 2017 season as assistant coach at DePauw University under long-time head coach Deb Zellers. The Tigers finished 20-8 overall in her lone season in Greencastle, reaching the NCAA Division III Tournament and the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament championship match. She coordinated logistics for home matches, assisted in practice planning, and composed scouting reports and game plans at DePauw.
Sellari spent the two prior seasons as assistant volleyball coach and wellness center coordinator at Presentation College in South Dakota. Her career also includes six years of club coaching experience, including spending the 2014 season as varsity coach at Summit Christian Academy in Cedar Park, Texas. She has recently served as a coach for the Crossroads of America Club located in Terre Haute.
Sellari's career path includes playing experience from the University of Texas at Arlington (NCAA Division I) and Southwestern University (NCAA Division III). She competed at Texas-Arlington in 2009, before completing her playing career and earning a bachelor's degree in kinesiology at Southwestern. Her efforts helped Southwestern rank No. 1 nationally in defense and earn consistent national top 15 team rankings. She competed on 2010, 2011 and 2012 teams that qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament at Southwestern under the direction of head coach Hannah Long.