Rachel Ortell came from Mount Saint Mary’s University. During her time there she helped compiled a 14-3 record. She helped coach the team to a conference title for the first time in 16 years. Setting Mount Saint Mary’s up with a first round match up against Duke University. In her time at Mount she coached the goalies to a conference goalie of the year award. Before arriving in Emmitsburg, Ortell spent a season as an Assistant Coach at NEC competitor, Merrimack College.
Before Merrimack, Ortell spent a year at a top ranked Division II program, University of Indianapolis, where she coached the goalie to a freshman and conference goalie of the year, as well as a regional goalie, finishing with over .500% save percentage.
She wrapped up her first season with the Greyhounds, helping lead UIndy to an 18-2 overall record and its second-straight NCAA Midwest regional berth.
Ortell mentored rookie netminder Cassidy King, who was named the GLIAC Goalkeeper of the Year and GLIAC Freshman of the Year after a tremendous spring season. King also earned IWLCA Second-Team All-Region accolades, the first goalie in UIndy history to do so. King ranked second in NCAA Division II in goals-against average (GAA), allowing just 6.10 opponent scores each appearance.
As a student-athlete at Lindenwood, Ortell was named an IWLCA third-team All-American her final two seasons. Named the RMAC Goalie of the Year and an all-region performer each of her four years.
Between the pipes, the Ellicott, Md. native racked up 59 career wins and made three straight trips to the NCAA Division II semifinals, and never missing an NCAA tournament. Ortell played nearly 3,500 minutes at Lindenwood, finishing with a career save percentage of .477 and 473 career saves. She recorded an 8.20 goals against average in 71 contests.
Ortell resides in Lakeland with her dogs, Rory and Roo.
Check out Coach Ortell’s college bio.