Congratulations Rachael McKinnon

Updated Tuesday September 12, 2017 by Whitby Minor Lacrosse Association.

Robert Morris University women's lacrosse has added Rachael McKinnon to its staff as an assistant coach.

McKinnon was a 2016 graduate of the University of Denver, playing lacrosse all four years for the Pioneers. McKinnon was an attacker for the Pioneers under Head Coach Liza Kelly. McKinnon helped Denver to a conference Championship in 2014, scoring 53 points that season. The Brooklin, Ontario native scored 121 points in her Pioneers career. McKinnon's Denver team made it to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, McKinnon was named the team's Most Valuable Freshmen.

McKinnon graduated from Denver with a Bachelor's degree in Communications Studies with minors in Marketing and French Culture and Civilization. She is pursuing a Master's degree in Instructional Leadership at RMU while completing her MBA in Sports Management.

"I am extremely excited to add Rachael to the Colonials staff," said head coach Katy Phillips. "Through the interview process, her passion for the game and desire to grow her coaching career really showed."

"I am very excited to join the RMU staff this fall and I look forward to sharing my passion for the game while instilling a strong work ethic," said McKinnon. "I would like to thank coaches Katy Phillips and Katrina Silva for this opportunity. I am looking forward to getting to know and work with everyone on the team as we progress towards one of our season goals of a Northeast Conference Championship."

A Canada native, McKinnon played both field and box lacrosse in addition to ice hockey at the Junior level as part of the PWHL. She attended Sinclair Secondary School as a French Immersion student. McKinnon won five Provincial Championship medals with the Whitby Warriors box lacrosse team and seven Provincial Gold medals with the Oshawa Lady Blue Knights as well as a summer games championship in 2012.
Since graduating from Denver, McKinnon has coached at hockey and lacrosse camps in the Durham, Ontatio region, along with the Oshawa Lady Blue Knights U11 and U19 Elite teams. Last season, McKinnon worked as a graduate assistant at Franklin Pierce University, helping the Ravens to their conference tournament and earning their first all-American student-athlete.

"Rachael has a lot of great experience to draw from to make an impact immediately within our program," Phillips continued. "From her contribution as a player to Denver's extremely successful program to her coaching experience at Franklin Pierce, Rachael's knowledge will be a huge benefit for our players."

Robert Morris finished in second place in the Northeast Conference regular season in 2017, compiling an 11-7 overall record, matching the most wins in a single-season in program history. RMU posted the program's fifth consecutive winning season, making its fourth straight appearance in the NEC conference tournament.

The Colonials will participate in several play days this fall both at home and at Niagara and Ohio State, before opening spring competition in February 2018.

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