Tigerville, S.C. — North Greenville University has named Rachel Baer to be the next head coach of the women’s soccer team, it was announced by director of athletics Jan McDonald. Baer was hired as an assistant coach last season under former head coach Jesse McCormick who recently stepped down.
Rachel Baer officially took over the head coaching duties on April 1, 2012.
"I consider it a blessing and an honor to be named NGU’s head women's soccer coach,” remarked Baer after being hired for her first career head coaching position. “I have high hopes for the future of our program, and I look forward to advancing the team and competing in Conference Carolinas. NGU is a very special University, and I have been incredibly blessed by all of the staff members here who have embraced me with open arms. I'd like to thank our Jan McDonald for having confidence in me and for giving me such a fantastic opportunity.”
“We were extremely pleased with Rachel when she was an assistant and we felt like she was the perfect candidate to take the program over,” McDonald said. “She was a great player both collegiately and professionally, and is a great Christian leader. I firmly believe that she will do a great job building on the strong foundation already laid by Coach McCormick.”
Baer graduated from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta in 2009 after transferring from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. While at KSU, she proved herself a formidable player, leading the Owls in goal scoring, and was the leader in the Division I Atlantic Sun Conference in points, goals, shots, shots on goal and game winning goals for the 2008 season.
She was also named to the 2008 NSCAA/Adidas NCAA Division I All-Mid-Atlantic Region Third Team, received Atlantic Sun First Team All-Conference honors, and was selected to the Atlantic Sun All-Tournament Team. Baer was also named the 2008-2009 Kennesaw State University Female Athlete of the Year. She also played a pro-am season with the Charlotte Lady Eagles, part of the W-League of the United Soccer Leagues (USL).
Baer entered the coaching profession in 2011 with North Greenville as an assistant coach to Jesse McCormick. "Coach McCormick did a wonderful job with the women's soccer program during his time at NGU,” she said. “I am thankful for the opportunity I had to work with him and learn from him as his assistant my first year here. He is a great man with great character and he will be missed."