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A decorated international player, Rafter played in the 2008 Olympics for Team Canada, joining a squad that wound up with a hard-luck fourth-place finish in the then-final Games for the sport of softball.
Rafter spent several years as a member of Team Canda, earning two Pan Am Games medals as well as a bronze medal at the 2010 ISF World Championship.
As a collegiate player, Rafter spent three seasons as a Detroit Titan, twice being named the Horizon League's Player of the Year, before finishing up her career at Florida State, guiding the Seminoles to the NCAA tournament and earning all-conference first-team honors and her third career all-region selection in the process.
She joins a freshman staff under Hardin, who came to Charlottesville after two seasons as head coach at McNeese State and looks to revive a program that recorded just forty-two victories the last three seasons.