Rachel Turoscy returns to Center Valley, PA, for her 18th season as the head coach of the DeSales University softball team. She has led DeSales to a 315-300-1 (.512) record in her first 17 seasons. Turoscy is the all-time leader in wins at DeSales and enters the season with the fourth highest winning percentage.
Turoscy has led the Bulldogs to three MAC Freedom Championships in 2008, 2013, and 2015, as well as two ECAC South Region Championships in 2010 and 2011. In addition she has guided DSU to the three highest win totals in a season including 28 victories in 2008, 29 in 2010, and a school-record 30 in 2013. DeSales has qualified for the MAC Freedom playoffs 10 times in her first 17 years and she was named the MAC Freedom Coach of the Year twice in 2008 and 2013.
The DSU head coaching position is the second at the college level for Turoscy after she served as the head coach at Cedar Crest College from 1998-01 garnering a 17-94 record. While at Cedar Crest, she was instrumental in building a softball program that began in 1997-98 with the hiring of Turoscy.
Turoscy has also served as the head coach for the Topton VIPs, a Women’s ASA Major Fastpitch team based in Lyons, PA. The VIPs are one of the oldest existing women’s fastpitch teams in the nation formed in 1960. They have had many successes throughout their existence and have continued their success under Turoscy’s guidance.
Prior to coaching the VIPs, Turoscy lead the Spirit, a Women’s ASA Class A fastpitch team for 10 years. She also saw great success with the Spirit finishing as the National Runners-up in 2003, while winning numerous state and tournament championships and producing several All-Americans.
Her coaching experience continues including stints with Raiders Softball of the ASA Affiliate Women’s Class A League from May 1987 to August of 1992, as well as being the assistant varsity coach for both Emmaus High School and Allentown Central Catholic High School in the mid-80’s.
Turoscy was also a standout player locally at Lehigh University where she was a four-year starter and team captain both her junior and senior season.
Turoscy, who resides in Hellertown, PA, graduated from Lehigh University in 1984 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and later earned both a Master’s of Science Degree in Chemistry and her Ph.D in Physical Chemistry. She currently teaches introductory chemistry classes for the DeSales University ACCESS Program and traditional day programs.