Rachel Burleson is in her first year as Director of Athletics at Franklin Pierce University in 2017-18.
Burleson (hiring announcement), came to Rindge after spending five years as an Associate Atheltic Director at fellow NCAA Division II member Missouri Southern State University. While with the Lions, she was in charge of internal operations and led the MSSU compliance office, while also serving as the Lions' Senior Woman Administrator. Burleson was also responsible for sport supervision of golf, volleyball, soccer, baseball and softball while in Joplin, Mo.
Including her time at MSSU, Burleson joined Franklin Pierce after 10 years of administrative experience at Division II institutions. Prior to MSSU, she had spent the better part of a year in Gunnison, Colo., where she worked at Western State Colorado University as the Assistant Athletic Director for special events. Before the stint in the Rocky Mountain State, Burleson spent four years as the head softball coach and Assistant Athletic Director at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. In addition to coaching responsibilities at OPSU, she served as the game management director for all home events and helped oversee all aspects of event administration.
Prior to earning the head coaching and administrative role at OPSU, Burleson spent a total of four years as an assistant softball coach at two schools. While earning her graduate degree, she served as an assistant coach at Northwest Missouri State University, including helping the Bearcats to an NCAA Championship appearance. Prior to NMSU, Burleson was an assistant softball coach for two years and an assistant volleyball coach for one year at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
Originally from Azle, Texas, Burleson earned her bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science from Tarleton State Unviersity in 2003 and added a master's degree in athletic administration from Northwest Missouri State in 2008. She currently resides in Rindge with her wife, Megan, and their two children, Boden Cole (3) and Yogi Bryce (1).
***Some biographical information courtesy of Athletic Media Relations office at Missouri Southern State University.