Current Job Title: Associate Director of Admission, Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program cultivates a diverse, multidisciplinary community of emerging leaders from around the world who receive up to three years of funding to pursue graduate education at Stanford.
From ESPN to Stanford: I spent three years at ESPN after graduating from Williams, working in the Stats and Information Group and then the Original Programming and Production Department, before transitioning into a career in higher education. I returned to Williams for three years to work in the admission office (the best job around), worked in undergraduate admissions at Columbia University for two years, and then made my way to the West Coast to pursue a master's degree at Stanford where I now work full-time.
Williams graduation year: 2010
Degree you earned at Williams: B.A. in Political Science and History
How you got involved in Eph Sports Information: Heading into Williams as a freshman, my dream job post-college was to work in sports. So during First Days I visited the Sports Information Office to introduce myself to DQ and ask him for a job. The first assignment he gave me was covering women's hockey that winter, a sport about which I admittedly knew very little. I remember there was a historic thunderstorm in Williamstown the night of my first game on the job, and I had to be picked up at Mission Park to get to the rink because it was too dangerous to walk there.
What were your duties in Ephs Sports Information: After my brief stint with women's hockey, I covered the men's and women's tennis teams for four years, and women's soccer and women's basketball for three years each.
Favorite Eph Sports Information memory: There are so many amazing memories of my time with Sports Info. Nearly freezing my toes off at Cole Field each November was memorable, but not a favorite. Winning the Frank Deford Award my senior year was an honor. I was the only Williams student to get the opportunity to work for ESPN's College Gameday show when they came for the Williams-Amherst match-up in 2007. I also had the chance to cover the men's tennis team when my friend, Dan Greenberg, was captain of the team and then head coach. I then served as the athletics liaison for Dan when I worked in the admission office. That trifecta of events doesn't happen too often! The relationships that I formed during my time at Williams, and specifically while in the Sports Info department, made my time as a staff member at Williams that much more enjoyable and meaningful. The community at Williams is truly special.
Fun Fact I: When Rachel applied to work at ESPN an ESPN HR rep called DQ for a reference. The ESPN person was quite surprised to be talking to an NCAA DIII school about a student working at ESPN, that is, until DQ told the rep, "I think you need to talk to Michael Fountain, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, and Chris Fowler next, all of whom raved about Rachel's efforts on their behalf when she served as our student host when ESPN College Football GameDay came here in 2007."
Williams remains the only NCAA DIII school to host the ESPN signature show and Rachel is the lone DIII student host.
Fun Fact II: Rachel won The Frank Deford Award in 2010.