St. Olaf's Sushner accepts head women's soccer coach position at Trinity

Sushner previously participated as an athlete on the 2005 Team USA Open Women's Soccer Team that earned the gold medal in Israel.

St. Olaf College Sports Information

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – After three seasons as the head women's soccer coach and senior woman administrator at St. Olaf College, Rachael Sushner has accepted the head women's soccer coach position at Trinity College (Conn.), as announced on Thursday.

In three seasons on the Hill, Sushner guided the Oles to a 27-21-4 (.558) record, including a mark of 17-13-3 (.561) in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), and led St. Olaf to back-to-back appearances in the MIAC Playoffs in the last two seasons.

St. Olaf, which underwent a $1.25 million renovation to Rolf Mellby Field prior to the 2018 season and unveiled a new locker room for the team this winter, will begin a national search for Sushner's successor immediately.

"I want to thank Rachael for her commitment to bettering our student-athlete experience over the last three years," said St. Olaf College Athletic Director Ryan Bowles. "In both her coaching and her administrative work, she always put the student-athlete first. I wish her well both personally and professionally in her new endeavor."

Under Sushner's direction, St. Olaf had seven All-MIAC selections, five Honorable Mention All-MIAC picks and three United Soccer Coaches All-North Region honorees in the last three seasons. Her teams also collected the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award in each of the last two seasons, with a pair of Oles earning All-Region and Scholar All-Region honors from the United Soccer Coaches this past fall.

A native of Potomac, Md., Sushner is a 2009 graduate of Skidmore College, where she was a four-year starter, as well as an all-conference and all-region selection. After playing a year of professional soccer for the Boston Breakers, she served as an assistant coach at Wellesley College, Clarkson University and Washington and Lee University prior to coming to St. Olaf.

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