Rachel Cooper joined the Tennessee staff in May of 2011 as an assistant coach after spending the five previous seasons at East Tennessee State.
In her first year, the Lady Vols captured the programs first outright Southeastern Conference championship, boasting a league mark of 19-1 and winning 28 matches overall. The Big Orange also finished the season ranked 19th nationally, while its win total was the most since UT went 32-3 in 2004.
Cooper was also selected as an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Thirty Under 30 recipient, which recognizes up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport.
A former standout player at Mississippi State, Cooper served as an assistant coach at ESTU from 2008-2010, and was a graduate assistant with the Buccaneers the two previous seasons. Cooper assisted in recruiting and coordinated team travel and community service.
In her final season at ETSU, the Bucs registered 26 wins, which were the most in program history since 1978. The team also advanced the Atlantic Sun Championship match for the first time since 2005.
A native of Roscoe, IL, Cooper finished her career third all-time in kills (1,405). She was also a two-year captain and team MVP, while being the first Bulldog player ever to be named SEC Player of the Week.
A standout academically as well as athletically, Cooper was a Mississippi State and SEC Honor Roll selection, along with being named to both the President's and Dean's list and was nominated to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team. Cooper was also a member of the Good Works Team in recognition of her community service.
She has worked at Kingsport Volleyball Club for five seasons as the head coach for the Under-16's Team and Under-15's Team and has also assisted with the USA Volleyball High Performance Program.
Cooper graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mississippi State in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education. She received her Masters of Arts degree in sport management from ETSU in May 2008.