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Meet the Director

Director- Coach Rachael Snelgrove

When Houghton began its transition into the NCAA Division III and the Empire 8 Conference in 2012, Rachael Snelgrove began filling the dual role of head women’s lacrosse coach and head women’s field hockey coach.

Snelgrove came to the Highlanders as field hockey coach in 2009 before taking a year hiatus during which she taught biology in North Carolina and “discovered what it meant to be a Christian mentor and leader”. She returned to the field hockey program in 2011 and took the lacrosse reins for the program’s inaugural 2012-2013 campaign.

“My plans for the teams all stem from giving God all the glory and honor in everything we say and do on and off the field,” said Snelgrove. “My goal is to create a culture of emulating Christ-like character; including being servant leaders off the field, on campus and in the local community; and through determination, focus and sportsmanship on the field. I want our teams to strive for success in doing our best each and every day, constantly improving, and never settling for anything less than leaving everything on the field (whether that is in practice or games). I am looking forward to continuing to build on previous successes, and looking to make continued progress in individual skills and structuring and molding unity in the teams.”

Snelgrove was a standout field hockey player at Messiah College, where she served as team co-captain and helped her team to three NCAA Division III National Tournament appearances. She was named to the NCAA DIII Final Four All-Tournament Team and finished No.3 in DIII for defensive saves her senior year. 

“Coach Snelgrove is not only an exceptional coach, but a great person,” said Executive Director of Athletics H. “Skip” Lord. “She is a proven leader who is well respected by her players, colleagues and opponents. We look forward to having someone of her caliber building our program as we move into NCAA D-III. We have nothing but the brightest of hopes for the program.”

Snelgrove has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Messiah and earned a master’s of education from the University of Pittsburgh. 


Rachel Stefanski

  • Assistant Field Hockey Coach for Houghton College
  • 2013 Houghton College Graduate

Hannah Allison

  • Assistand Field Hocky Coach for Ohio Wesleyan
  • 2013 Penn State Graduate

Ashley Engle

  • Sports Performance Coach at Universal Athletic Club
  • 2013 Houghton College Graduate