NEWBERRY — Newberry College head field hockey coach Hannah Dave has announced the hiring of Rachel Goromonzi as assistant coach for the 2017-2018 season.
“I am extremely excited for Rachel to join our pack this year,” said Dave. “I went in looking for the best person for the job and the right person for Newberry Field Hockey and I believe Rachel is that person that will help enhance our program. I am excited to have her on my staff and we look forward to having her.”
Goromonzi played for Eastern College Athletic Conference rival Limestone for four seasons, including two as Dave’s teammate with the Saints. Leading the team as captain, she took part in transforming the young program into a nationally-ranked powerhouse.
Within two years of Goromonzi’s arrival, the team had won two conference championships. She holds Limestone records for goals and points in a career and a single season.
Goromonzi is Limestone’s most decorated player in the program’s history. She is a three-time NFHCA All-American and three-time first team all-conference honoree, twice in the Independent Schools Alliance and once in the ECAC. She won Player of the Year honors in each respective conference and was named Limestone’s Most Valuable Player in three seasons.
Her senior season in 2014 saw her rack up ECAC Offensive Player of the Year honors, an ECAC Tournament MVP designation, and First Team All-American status from both the NFHCA and Synapse. She has each of the top four goal-scoring seasons and four of the top five highest point totals in Saints’ history and is Limestone’s career leader in nearly every offensive category.
“With Rachel’s playing experience, as well as coaching, she will bring a wealth of knowledge working with our offense,” Dave said. “The excitement and enthusiasm she has to work with a growing program was a big factor in hiring Rachel.”
Rachel stems from Harare, Zimbabwe and was awarded Bronze while competing for Zimbabwe Sportswoman of the Year in 2013.
She obtained her M.B.A. in Management from DeSales University in June 2017, where she served as a graduate assistant with the field hockey program for two seasons. She graduated from Limestone in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing.
The first game of the 2017-2018 Field Hockey season is Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at Setzler Field against Seton Hill.