Football Coaching Staff
Rich Rachel
Director of High School Relations
Coach Info:
Position: Director of High School Relations
Experience: 13 Years
Phone: 813-974-7167
NFL Proteges
Elvis Patterson Oakland Raiders
LeRoy Irvin St. Louis Rams
Frank Bush Tennessee Titans
Anthony Henry Dallas Cowboys
Shurron Pierson Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears
Mike Jenkins Dallas Cowboys
Trae Williams Jacksonville Jaguars
Coaching Experience - 39 Years
Year School/Team Assignment
1969 Tampa Chamberlain HS JV Head Coach
1970 Tampa Chamberlain HS Assistant Coach
1971 Tampa Chamberlain HS Assistant Coach
1972 Tampa Chamberlain HS Defensive Coordinator
1973 Tampa Chamberlain HS Head Coach
1974 * University of Tampa Secondary
1975 Tampa King HS Secondary
1976 Morehead State Secondary
1977 Morehead State Secondary
1978 Morehead State Secondary
1979 Kansas Secondary
1980 Kansas Secondary
1981 Kansas Secondary
1982 Kansas Secondary
1983 North Carolina State Defensive Ends
1984 North Carolina State Defensive Coordinator
1985 North Carolina State Defensive Coordinator
1986 Kansas State Linebackers
1987 Kansas State Assistant Head Coach
1988 Kansas State Assistant Head Coach
1989 North Dakota Defensive Coordinator
1990 Rutgers Defensive Coordinator
1991 Rutgers Defensive Coordinator
1992 Rutgers Defensive Coordinator
1993 Rutgers Defensive Coordinator
1994 Rutgers Tight Ends/Special Teams
1995 Rutgers Tight Ends/Special Teams
1996 Massachusetts Secondary/Special Teams
1997 Massachusetts Secondary/Special Teams
1999 Fort Scott Community College Offensive Line
2000 USF Secondary
2001 USF Defensive Ends
2002 USF Defensive Ends
2003 USF Defensive Ends
2004 USF Defensive Ends
2005 USF Cornerbacks
2006 USF Cornerbacks
2007 USF Cornerbacks
2008 USF Director of High School Relations
2009-Present USF Director of High School Relations
* Tampa disbanded football in 1975

Richard Rachel, who has been working in college football since 1969, including a stay with the final team at the University of Tampa in 1974, joined the USF program just prior to the start of the 2000 season.

He first coached the secondary in 2000 before assuming oversight of the defensive ends in 2001, where he remained for four seasons before returning to the secondary, where his focus was on the cornerbacks from 2005-07. 

In January 2007, Rachel shifted his responsibilities to the role of director of high school relations, where his unique background within the state of Florida pays dividends in recruiting.

Regardless of the coaching role, Rachel was successful in helping gel his unit into USF’s successful defense.

As the cornerbacks coach, Rachel was instrumental in developing NFL draftees Mike Jenkins and Trae Williams. Jenkins became the Bulls’ first-ever first round NFL Draft pick after receiving first team All-America honors in 2007.  Williams was an All-BIG EAST performer, who intercepted as many passes - 13 - in 2006 and 20007 as any other college player.  He went in the fifth round of the NFL Draft to the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The combo helped the Bulls rank fourth nationally, after leading much of the season, in interceptions with 23 total.

In his four seasons with the ends, Rachel helped develop outstanding talent that led to 141 sacks over a 44-game stretch. In those 44 games, 66.5 of the 141 sacks came from the defensive ends.

Among his pupils at defensive end, Terrence Royal went on to set USF’s career sack record and tie the single season mark after he had three sacks in the 2005 Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Working well with defensive coordinator Wally Burnham, Rachel stressed a complete defensive game from his players, demanding a strong skill set for defending the run and pass.

Before taking over the ends in 2001, Rachel held together a USF secondary that saw a position switch for Anthony Henry (Dallas Cowboys/Cleveland Browns) from free safety to cornerback and a career-ending injury to Jay Mize, Henry’s replacement at safety, which in turn forced starting strong safety Roy Manns to move to free safety. Henry would prove a smashing success at corner, leading to his fourth round selection in the NFL Draft, and Joe Morgan stepped up at strong safety, while Manns held down the free spot.

Rachel, who has been an assistant head coach at Kansas State (1986-88) and a defensive coordinator at Rutgers (1990-95), North Dakota (1989) North Carolina State (1983-85) and Morehead State (1978), served as the offensive line coach at Fort Scott Community College prior to joining USF.

The USF job is a homecoming of sorts for Rachel, who began his coaching career as the head coach at Tampa’s Chamberlain High School from 1969-73. He then moved on to the University of Tampa as the secondary coach for the 1974 season, before that program disbanded and he worked as an assistant at Tampa King High School in 1975.

Following one season at King, he moved permanently into the college ranks as the defensive coordinator at Morehead State, where he earned a Master’s degree in 1977.  Rachel earned his bachelor’s degree from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa in 1969.