Valerie (Lawrence) Rauenzahn
Valerie (Lawrence) Rauenzahn
Previous College: Maryland '03
Position: Assistant Coach

Former Maryland soccer standout Valerie Lawrence Rauenzahn begins her sixth year as a member of the American women's soccer coaching staff. With a resume filled with college playing and coaching experience, Rauenzahn is responsible for assisting the direction of the overall program and has been instrumental in student-athlete recruitment, training session preparation and implementation, as well as pre and post season workouts.

"Val is a hard worker who handles a lot of responsibilities behind the scenes," commented Head Coach David Bucciero. "She has been a crucial part of our program and a good balance for me in the decisions we have to make.  I am lucky to have someone with her experience as an assistant coach."

Over the last five seasons at American, Rauenzahn has been instrumental in the program's non-losing Patriot League record in each campaign. In total, the Eagles have compiled a 16-9-11 conference record in those five seasons, which includes an appearance in the 2009 Patriot League Championship Match.

From 2004-06, Rauenzahn worked as a graduate assistant for Duquesne's women's soccer team while completing her Master's in Liberal Studies. She coached tactics and prepared the team's fitness program, including implementing a year-round workout schedule. She assisted with recruiting, player evaluation, scouting, fundraising, team travel and compliance. During Rauenzahn's tenure, Duquesne's program had its first winning record and qualified for its first Atlantic-10 Tournament in 11 years.

Rauenzahn was a four-year starter at midfield and defense for Maryland, which was ranked as high as No. 4 in the region during her four-year campaign. She finished her collegiate career with 11 points (one goal and nine assists). Rauenzahn had two assists in the 2001 NCAA Tournament game versus Long Island University, which matched a school record in tournament play.

Rauenzahn graduated from Maryland in December 2003 with a degree in English, but continued to work with the team as an assistant coach through 2003-04 school year. She worked closely with the student-athletes on practice preparation and fitness work. Additionally, she assisted with official visits, game day operations, summer camp coaching, community work and game organization.

A local product, Rauenzahn attended Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, Md., where she led her team to a No. 1 ranking with 45 goals and 18 assists in her senior year. In her career, she scored 85 goals and had 42 assists. She was named to The Washington Post All-Met First Team three times, including being honored as the Player of the Year in 1998.

Rauenzahn and her husband, Derrick, currently reside in Germantown, Md.