Jacki Raithel (left) and Tilly Brampton (right) join the Liberty field hockey staff this summer as graduate assistant coaches.
Liberty field hockey coach Jodi Murphy has set two more pieces into place for the Lady Flames' inaugural season this fall, announcing the additions of Jacki Raithel and Tilly Brampton as graduate assistant coaches.
A native of Fairfax, Va., Raithel was a three-time letterwinner at James W. Robinson High School. She then attended Richmond, where she spent her four years in the net for the Spiders. Starting in all 23 contests during her senior year (2009), she blocked away 94 shots on the season, including a career-high 11 saves against Princeton. She posted six shutouts to finish the year tied for first in the Atlantic 10 in the category, leading her to second team All-Atlantic 10 honors. Raithel also left her mark in the Richmond record books, finishing her career ranked third in goals against average (2.41).
Aside from playing experience, Raithel has coached at various levels while often focusing on goalkeepers. She has been involved with coaching since 2007 with various club teams and has recently served as an assistant coach at Douglass Freeman High School and with Futures.
"I am thrilled for the opportunity to join in building the Liberty field hockey program. Coach Murphy's vision of creating a competitive Division I team that embraces Christian values and standards is a vision that I am eager to be a part of. As we work to lay the foundations of this program, I am blessed to be working for and learning from Coach Murphy and the rest of the outstanding athletics staff at Liberty," commented Raithel.
"I am incredibly blessed to welcome Jacki to the Liberty field hockey family. I have known Jacki for years and have watched her grow into a mature student of the game and a passionate coach. She exemplifies true servant leadership and a strong intellect for creativity, both on and off the field. Jacki will play a vital role in developing our defensive unit through her knowledge of goalkeeping. I am grateful that Jacki has chosen to come to Liberty to begin her collegiate coaching experience and pursue our shared quest for developing players that have a desire to glorify God and compete at this high level," stated Murphy.
Brampton, a native of Sussex, England, has playing experience at multiple levels. After serving as the team captain of Burgess Hill School field hockey, she played for U-16, U-18 and U-21 South of England teams as well as National League for Staines Hockey Club where her teams achieved championship successes. Brampton then played for one year at Boston College as a graduate student, seeing action in 18 games last fall. She notched two goals and an assist on the year, including a game winner against Northeastern.
As a coach, Brampton has also worked at multiple levels, including instructing club and school teams in England before becoming a qualified physical education teacher. While at Boston College, Brampton helped coach at high school clinics and camps, serving as an assistant coach during the instruction.
"I am incredibly thrilled and honored to have been invited to join the Liberty field hockey program. I'm excited to coach a dynamic group of student-athletes in a way that will hopefully inspire each individual's strengths and values, both on and off the field. Liberty has a tremendous amount of energy and support that surrounds the university and I feel privileged to join on their exciting new journey," commented Brampton.
"Tilly brings a wealth of international experiences to our program. In addition, her time spent at Boston College this past fall gave her superb exposure to the NCAA Division I experience in arguably the best field hockey conference in the nation. Tilly has a sincere passion for the sport of field hockey and a great desire to be part of the groundwork for our brand new program. Tilly will play a pivotal role in the development of our attack and program management," remarked Murphy.
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