Rachel Friel is entering her first season as an assistant coach for BYU's swim team.
Friel swam at BYU from 2007-11. She was named the Mountain West Conference Swimmer of the Year twice and competed in the NCAA National Championships three times. She competed in the 200 butterfly and both the 200 and 400 individual medley, and holds multiple team records at BYU and pool records across the country. She graduated from BYU with a degree in psychology.
In addition to a successful collegiate career, Friel represented Hong Kong in several international competitions, including the World University games in Serbia (2009) and again in Shenzhen China (2011). Friel also competed in the 2008 Olympic trials in Hong Kong and the US. She was on the Hong Kong national team from 2006-11.
Friel spent the past six seasons as an assistant coach at the University of North Texas. Before joining coaching staff at University of North Texas, she was a graduate assistant at BYU, head coach at Maple Mountain High School and club coach at Boulder City Henderson Aquatics in Las Vegas. In her coaching career, Friel has coached numerous Olympic trial qualifiers, USA National Team members and several Olympians representing countries around the world.
Friel is married to former BYU football tight end Kaneakua Friel, and they have two sons.