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July 7, 2020

The Game-Winning Play


When Rachel Lippert ’20 had the opportunity to move to North Carolina in 2017, she had two choices. She could find a new career using her current knowledge and work experience, or she could go back to school. She decided to take a chance on a new education.

In searching for the perfect school, Rachel had many factors to consider in addition to strong academics. Before the big move, she loved subbing as a coach for an 18 elite women’s club basketball team. She knew she wanted to further pursue coaching basketball, so she focused her search on Triad basketball programs.

Rachel also wanted to be part of a close-knit community like the one she’d had at home. As she toured a few colleges in the area, nothing seemed to be the right fit — until Guilford. Rachel immediately went to the women’s basketball team page, looking over stats, rival schools, and the coach’s page.

“Reading through Coach Flamini’s bio, I was extremely intimidated. As a well-respected coach that led her team through ODAC championships and NCAA tournaments, I knew I would learn from her,” Rachel says.

"What I appreciated about each professor was their willingness to take their time and not only connect with their students, but adapt with their class while still upholding expectations. To me that was beautiful."

Rachel Lippert '20
Sport Management

Right at Home

When she arrived on campus, Rachel immediately felt at home. Guilford resembled a school in Washington that she couldn’t afford after high school. “I fell in love right away and knew Guilford was exactly where I was supposed to be,” she says.

Basketball became something she looked forward to every day. She spent the first few weeks of coaching studying plays, learning how Coach Flamini runs practice, and soaking up information. She never expected Coach Flamini would ask her to play again. 

“As an athlete, I never thought I would get that chance ever again. I am so thankful for that and will always be grateful for the opportunity,” she says. “Coach Flamini and the team gave me a sense of home my first year.”

With the goal to become a full-time basketball coach, Rachel settled on Sport Management as her major. She knew that a solid knowledge of the ins and outs of athletics would be important in the future.

“What I appreciated about each professor was their willingness to take their time and not only connect with their students, but adapt with their class while still upholding expectations. To me that was beautiful,” she says.

Unbelievable Support

Guilford’s supportive environment extended outside of the classroom. Rachel’s cross-country move to North Carolina was a huge leap of faith and making ends meet while pursuing her education was not always easy, but Guilford’s outstanding financial assistance programs helped her through.

When Rachel’s car broke down and needed to be fixed, Guilford came to her aid with an emergency fund to cover the cost. This year, when COVID-19 hit, Rachel found herself without a job, coming up on rent, and wondering how she was going to eat. Again,Guilford’s emergency fund and the CARES fund were able to cover her costs and keep her going.

“Being so close to graduating and not knowing how you are going to make the next payment for anything is a pretty defeating moment. Guilford giving me that assistance gave me the confidence that I could continue on with getting my degree,” she says.

As graduation approaches in December 2020, she is keeping her aspirations open. 

“I am open to the opportunities that will reveal themselves,” she says. Whichever path she chooses, Rachel hopes to be a positive influence and continue enjoying the experiences life sends her way.

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