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Coach SchurmanHead Coach: Rachael Messerli


Tacoma Community College has hired Rachael Messerli as the new Head volleyball coach. Messerli, a former All American player and assistant coach from Central Washington University, comes highly recommended from many in the volleyball community, most notably from CWU Head coach Mario Andaya. "As a player Rachel knew how to win, and brought many intangibles to the court that made her teammates better.  After her stellar playing career she has successfully transferred those elements to the coaching side and has become one of the brightest, upcoming coaches in the area.  Rachel can identify talent, and can develop that talent to play at a high level. Tacoma has had a strong tradition, and I am excited to see where Rachel can take them." 

Messerli who graduated in 2010 with a B.A in elementary education and a minor in early childhood education served as an assistant coach for CWU for the  2009 and 2010 seasons where she excelled as a recruiter as well as her on the floor coaching. Messerli played at CWU from 2005-08 where she was an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All American and 2-time All West Region and All Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) performer. She led the Wildcats in nearly every statistical category in both her junior & senior seasons while leading the Wildcats to 3rd place GNAC finishes. Prior to attending CWU she was a High School All American at Mead High School in Spokane. Messerli is also involved in club coaching as she is a coach with the Puyallup Jr’s Volleyball Club.

“We are so excited to get a great young coach the caliber of Rachael, Her career as a player and as an assistant coach at Central speaks volumes to her knowledge and passion for Volleyball. Every person I spoke to about Rachael told me we would be lucky to have her lead our program. In addition, her degree in Education is a perfect fit for the advising job she will have on campus. We look forward to Rachael leading the Titans to great success” said Tacoma Community College Athletic Director Carl Howell.

Taylor SmithAssistant Coach
Taylor Markholt 

Taylor Markholt (Smith) graduated with her B.A. in Business Administration from Webber International University.  Taylor started her volleyball career at Wilson High School in Tacoma and graduated in 2007.  She played for TCC from 2007-2009 and helped lead the Titans to an undefeated league season and both seasons as Western Region Champions. 

After playing at TCC, Taylor was offered a scholarship to Webber International where she played indoor and outdoor volleyball for the Warriors.  Webber is currently one of 12 universities that offer scholarships for doubles beach volleyball.  During her time at Webber, Taylor was considered one of the top beach volleyball players, winning multiple tournaments at the A, AA and AAA levels.  Taylor coached for The Edge Volleyball Club and for the Impact Volleyball Club in Florida.  She currently plays beach and indoor volleyball and plays on the women’s indoor team, “Island Style”.   This is her first season coaching the Titans.

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