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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Virginia Adds Kaleigh Rafter as Assistant Coach

First-year Virginia head coach Joanna Hardin has announced the addition of longtime Canadian National team member and Detroit and Florida State alum Kaleigh Rafter as an assistant coach.

Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Rafter spent the 2016 campaign as an assistant coach at Buffalo, her first full-time coaching position. She previously served as a volunteer assistant at her alma mater of Florida State.

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.

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