Assistant Director, Carolina Volleyball Camps, Inc.
ASSISTANT HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
The 2014 AVCA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year Eve Rackham is currently in her seventh season with the Tar Heels after joining the coaching staff in May of 2009. Rackham, in charge of recruiting and developing the Carolina offense, was named assistant head coach on July 15, 2013. A 2003 UNC alum, Rackham was a four-year starting setter from 1999-2002, leading the Tar Heels to three ACC Tournament Championships and a regular season title in 2002.
Rackham helped UNC to a season for the ages with its 2014 campaign, compiling a 29-3 record and a perfect 16-0 record at home en route to the most wins since the 2002 squad. North Carolina earned a series of new program highs during the incredible season, including a No. 7 AVCA Coaches Poll ranking, a No. 5 NCAA RPI ranking and a No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament. UNC also peeled off a record 20-straight victories, the longest streak in program history. The season ended for the Tar Heels in the NCAA Regional Finals in Minneapolis, the first time the program had ever reached the Regional Final in Carolina volleyball history. Chaniel Nelson was named First Team All-ACC and an AVCA Second Team All-American, just the second Tar Heel to earn AVCA All-America honors, while Victoria McPherson, Paige Neuenfeldt and Ece Taner all earned All-ACC, AVCA All-Region and Honorable Mention All-America nods.
A former setter who now guides the Carolina offense, Rackham has consistently developed UNC into an offensive powerhouse and 2014 was no different. The Tar Heels ranked among the best in the ACC in three different categories, including 4th in the ACC and 29th in Division I in hitting percentage (.259), 4th in the ACC in assists/set (12.86) and 4th in the ACC in kills/set (13.84). After wrapping the historic season, Rackham was named the AVCA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year, the first award for an assistant coach in UNC volleyball program history.
Along with developing the dominant Carolina offense, Rackham’s responsibilities include serving as the recruiting coordinator for the Tar Heels. The 2012 recruiting class was ranked No. 8 by PrepVolleyball.com, the highest in UNC history and the team’s third top-30 class since the rankings started in 2003. UNC’s 2011, 2013, and 2014 classes also gained national recognition and were ranked as High Honorable Mention by PrepVolleyball.com.
During her time as a player, UNC appeared in four NCAA Tournaments, including an appearance in the 2002 NCAA Sweet Sixteen and the highest ranking ever (No. 11) for Carolina in the AVCA Coaches’ Poll.
The all-time assists average leader in Carolina history, Rackham earned first-team All-ACC and first-team AVCA All-Region in 2002. Rackham was part of the winningest class in school history from 1999-2002 as the Tar Heels compiled a 115-22 record, winning 84 percent of their games. The Sebastopol, Calif., native graduated from UNC in 2002 with a degree in journalism and mass communication.