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Rachel Polk

Rachel is a hitting coach for the Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics.  She has been passionate about softball since she was six.  Since then, has immersed herself in the sport completely and utterly.  She works with her clients to help them learn the fundamentals, understand priority foundations, and develop key decision machined education.  She bundles that into accessible drills, and skill tasks during her training sessions.  As a truly engaged coach she tries to motivate, improve, and guide her clients in a way that hones their natural gifts and push them to reach their peak potential.

Education

Rachel spent her high school career playing softball as the starting varsity shortstop all 4 years at Great Mills High School.  She then followed her passion for being on the field at The College of Southern Maryland where she spent 3 years there continuing to log countless innings at short, while obtaining two associate degrees, one in Exercise and Sports Science and the other in Sports Management. Rachel is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with the end goal of attending PT school to become a Physical Therapist.

Experience

Rachel started her love of the game as a six-year-old and has never looked back. She spent most of her time on the field playing for various travel ball teams in the Southern Maryland area including, SOMD Velocity, Hughesville Hustle, the SOMD Slammers, as well as other miscellaneous opportunities throughout her career. During her time at Great Mills, she was a 2 time All SMAC recipient and a captain for 3 of her 4 years spent there. Rachel most recently finished her career at CSM as the Female Athlete of the year and 2-year captain leading her team to a playoff appearance in the 2021 season. She also has spent her time leading various summer and winter camps through CSM as well as coaching middle school softball for the Chesapeake Charter School and is currently with Leonardtown Middle School.

Philosophy

Rachel is extremely passionate about helping the younger generation develop their skills and love for the game. While focusing on the fundamentals of the sport is extremely important, she is also a big proponent in making sure that her athletes have all the skills they need to be successful on and off the field. She seeks to establish relationships with her athletes by getting to know them on a personal level and making sure they have the tools to be successful at the next level.

Personal

Rachel has lived in Southern Maryland for the last 10 years, and although East Tennessee is where she is from originally and considers “home,” Southern Maryland has become one of her favorite places to be. Rachel loves spending time with family and friends. Some of her favorite hobbies include working out, playing softball, studying for school, and watching Tennessee football! Rachel is looking forward to giving back to the community that gave so much to her softball career by helping develop athletes here at CAO.


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