Rachael Mullen was named the Assistant Swimming Coach, at Northern Colorado in June, 2016.
Mullen came to the Bears from DePauw University in Indiana where she served as the assistant women's swim coach.
In the one season she spent with the Tigers, Mullen helped the team to a third place finish at the North Carolina Athletic Conference (NCAC), and qualified six swimmers for the 2016 NCAA Division III Championships.
Mullen also helped guide the team to break 10 program records and three NCAC records. She also coached the 2016 NCAC Swimmer of the Year, DePauw's Angela Newlon.
In practice, Mullen introduced an innovative weight and dryland training program and ran and designed all daily workouts, focusing on sprint-oriented swimmers and strengthening the relay teams.
Prior to DePauw, she was the lead coach for the SwimMAC Carolina team, where she coached competitors of all ages.
SwimMAC was established as the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club in 1977, and have grown from a small competitive team into a highly-regarded organization that provides aquatic instruction and training for nearly 10,000 people in the Charlotte region each year.
Mullen introduced novel training, technique and recovery guidance to seasoned adult swimmers. She also conceptualized visual marketing tools to improve the program's visibility to garner more interested from the community.
Mullen got her coaching start at the high school level, spending one season as the Covenant Day School in North Carolina as the head varsity swim coach.
Mullen is a graduate of Emory University (Atlanta, Ga.) where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a minor in visual arts.
She also swam for the school, earning an All-American Honorable Mention in the 1,650 free ('09) and became the University Athletic Association Champion (UAAC) in the 800 Relay ('10), and earned All-UAA honors in the 800 free relay ('10). She was a part of the 2010, '11 and '12 NCAA championship teams at Emory.
She's currently finishing her Master's degree in Sport and Recreation Management from Indiana State University.