Rachel Roche joined the Bulldog staff in 1999, originally serving as the Athletic Facility and Event Coordinator and Assistant Volleyball Coach. In 2000, she moved into the role of Assistant Director of Athletics with direct oversight in Sports Information. She stepped away from the coaching ranks in 2006 and began serving as the Senior Woman Administrator for the Bulldogs.
In 2007, Roche was honored with the President’s Award for Administrators, which recognizes the top employees of the year at the University of Redlands. That year she also completed the HERS Institute for Administrative Advancement through the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), now the Women Leaders in College Sports, in Denver, CO.
Besides Women Leaders in College Sports, Roche is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). In addition, she serves on the CoSIDA scholarship committee, the D3soccer.com Women's Top-25 Poll, and the D3football.com All-America committee. On campus, she represents athletics on the Student Engagement and Persistence Committee which monitors, evaluates, and works to improve retention.
Throughout her career, Roche has elevated the expectations and success of sports information at Redlands by adding technology, enhancing the Bulldogs’ social media presence, and maintaining a relentless pursuit of excellence. As an institution, Redlands has hosted various national championships, NCAA early-round events, and conference tournaments with high commendation. Her former graduate assistants have landed full-time jobs with junior colleges; NCAA Division I, II, and III programs; professional sports; and public relations firms.
Roche graduated from the College of William & Mary in Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She gained experience as a student athletic trainer, working primarily with the Tribe women’s soccer team. She later earned her Master of Arts in Educational Administration through the University of Redlands. As part of her coursework, Roche completed a grant proposal for an internship and received $15,000 in funding for a new position in the Bulldog Athletics Department.
In her spare time, Roche likes to travel, attend sporting events, and hang out with friends and family. She is married to Geoff Roche, who coaches the Bulldog tennis teams. They reside in Redlands with their daughter, Kenzie.