Currently a third year Doctor of Physical Therapy student at East Carolina University, Rachel Webb's duties as a volunteer assistant coach began in January 2013.
Webb competed from 2007-2011 with High Point University (HPU) as a track and field student-athlete in the pole vault and sprints. She was also a cheerleader. In 2011, Webb began the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at ECU and joined the Pirates in the fall of 2011 to use her final outdoor season of NCAA eligibility.
As a pirate, Webb placed first at the Beaches vs. Mountains Quad Meet with a height of 3.75m (12-03.50), placed fourth at VMI with a height of 3.75m (12-03.50), finished third at the University of North Carolina with a height of 3.73m (12-02.75), placed 19th at the University of Florida with a height of 3.60 (11-09.75), placed fifth at Wake Forest with a height of 3.50 (11-05.75), placed fourth at UNC Charlotte with a height of 3.35m (10-11.75), and placed fifth at the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Championships with a height of 3.70m (12-01.50) leading the Pirates to a second place finish in New Orleans.
In 2012, Webb began competing at the post-collegiate level and participated in several indoor and outdoor meets as an unattached athlete under the training of Coach Johnson. During the 2012-2013 season, some of her top finishes include a third-place finish at the Kent Taylor Invitational with a height of 3.35m (10-11.75), a tie to win the Liberty Collegiate Invitational with a height of 3.57m (11-08.50) and a fourth-place finish at the Gene Anderson UNC Invitational with a height of 3.55m (11-07.75).
Having a later start than most athletes, Webb did not begin her pole vault career until college. Her first vault was in 2008 and she has yet to stop vaulting. During her three outdoor seasons and four indoor seasons at HPU, Webb continued to set and improve the indoor and outdoor pole vault records under the training of Coach Eric Dudley. In 2011, she set the HPU outdoor record with a height of 3.45m (11-03.75) while winning the pole vault at the Johnson C. Smith Invitational. She finished her career at HPU by placing sixth in the pole vault with a height of 3.40m (11-01.75) at the 2011 Big South Indoor Championships. She was a four-year Millis Scholar-Athlete and also recognized as an Iron Panther for her hard work and dedication in the weight room.
Coaching track and field is fairly new to Webb, but coaching in itself is not. Since High School, Webb has coached cheerleaders and gymnastics of all ages and abilities. She is currently the head coach for Greenville Parks and Recreation Special Olympics Cheerleading Team, where she helped lead the Cool Cats to a second place finish in the SONC Cheerleading Tournament in March 2013.
With her five years of collegiate and two years of post-collegiate track and field experience combined with her education in physical therapy, Webb is dedicated to helping her student-athletes get faster, stronger, and jump higher. With injury prevention, sports rehabilitation, and proper body mechanics always on her mind, she brings her skills as a movement specialist and future Doctor of Physical Therapy to the ECU track and field athletes. Webb will continue to train under Coach Johnson and compete unattached while assisting in coaching ECU track and field.