UCCS head women's lacrosse coach Christine Hatton announced the hiring of Melissa Rausch as an assistant coach for the program. Rausch joins the Mountain Lions from Nichols College, a Division III institution in Dudley, Mass.
Rausch held the roles as Assistant Athletic Director, Head Women's Lacrosse Coach, and Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach at Nichols College.
Rausch leaves Nichols College as the second-winningest coach in program history. In three years at the helm, Rausch and the Bison tallied 12 wins while 20 student-athletes earned academic all-conference accolades. In 2019, the Bison women's team set a school record for most free position goals, accumulating 57 in 16 games. As an assistant coach for the men's team, Rausch helped the Bison qualify for the conference tournament for the second consecutive season, while coaching multiple academic all-conference and all-conference student-athletes.
Administratively at NC, Rausch ran the day-to-day operations for the department's transportation, marketing and sports information departments.
Prior to Nichols College, Rausch spent five years in Colorado working at 3d Lacrosse, Team 180 Sports, and as a boys and girls high school coach. At 3d Lacrosse, she served as the Girls National Director, providing oversite for five regions and 50 teams, including developing national level camps, clinics and tournaments.
Rausch spent the 2015-16 season as the Head Lacrosse Coach at Kent Denver School, leading the Sun Devils to the state semi-final game for the first time in six years. Before coaching at Kent Denver School, Rausch was the Co-Head Coach at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs in 2015-16, starting the inaugural boy's lacrosse program while managing seven assistant coaches. She started her high school coaching career in Colorado Springs at Rampart High School from 2011-15, while also serving as the Team Colorado Head Coach. She was named the 2016 3d Lacrosse Coach of the Year and the 2015 Gazette Preps Lacrosse Coach of the Year.
Rausch received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y. A three-year captain and a two-time Empire 8 all-conference performer, Rausch competed in lacrosse and field hockey for the Soaring Eagles.