The 2012 season will be the second at Villanova for Rachel Bachtel, who assists in all areas of the program and specifically works with the Wildcats goalkeepers. Bachtel is a former standout collegiate goalkeeper herself who was a four-year starter at Vanderbilt.
In just one season on the Villanova coaching staff Bachtel has made her presence felt with her tutelage of junior goalkeeper Jami Kranich. Following a successful sophomore campaign in 2011, Kranich was chosen to play for the United States in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan in August of 2012. Kranich previously received six call-ups to training camps for the U-20 Women's National Team in the months leading up to the World Cup.
Bachtel came to the Wildcats with coaching experience from the Vanderbilt Soccer Camp where she worked as an instructor in each of the two summers prior to her arrival at Villanova. As a camp instructor she coached and led youth campers in learning technical and tactical soccer skills. The camp covered points ranging from increasing campers understanding of the game to advancing their playing abilities in all areas of the game.
Bachtel started every team game in goal during her four-year career for the Commodores and ranks among the top goalkeepers in the history of the program. She is the Vanderbilt all-time leader with 320 career saves and also ranks third with 23 career shutouts and seventh with a 1.36 goals-against average. As a senior during the 2010 season she matched a career high with seven shutouts and also made 86 saves, tied for eighth most in a single-season in school history. During her first three seasons on the team Bachtel posted a season goals-against average that ranked in the top 10 for a single season all three years.
Outside of soccer Bachtel has a background in leadership and organizational effectiveness as part of a double major she completed at Vanderbilt. She majored in Human and Organizational Development as well as Studio Art and her artwork was featured numerous times in campus buildings, galleries and art shows. Academically, Bachtel was a Dean's List student who was also named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll three straight years.
Bachtel also brings to a community-oriented Villanova program a great deal of experience in service activities completed with the Commodores soccer team. Her community service involvement includes work with Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life and volunteer experience at a children's hospital.