Rachel Ullstrom, a senior from Auburn, Massachusetts, signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the University of Richmond last Thursday.
As a student, athlete, captain, and leader on campus, Ullstrom has, as Kirsty Leedham, Girls’ Varsity Basketball Head Coach, noted, “left her mark [...] — in the classroom, on the cross country team, on the basketball team, and, most recently, as a valuable member of the Campus Activities Board [...] Rachel is someone who has always led with her actions — bringing a positive attitude to whatever is in front of her, and serving as a role model to those around her. She encourages her peers, in and out of the classroom, and motivates them to push themselves out of their comfort zones.”
Despite last season’s scheduling limitations due to COVID-19, “Rachel smiled through it all and took everything she could gain from whatever it was we were doing. I am so excited to see her back out on the court wearing a Marianapolis jersey. [As the] first four-year player I’ve had the honor of coaching, she has spoiled me with her energy, her grit, her love for the game [...] I am so excited for her journey beyond this season as a Richmond Spider, but she has some business to take care of as a Golden Knight first!” proclaimed Leedham.
On signing with the University of Richmond, Ullstrom said, “As a child, I always dreamt of playing basketball in college, and I'm so grateful for this opportunity to play at Richmond. I'm looking forward to being able to play on such a successful team in the Atlantic 10, and to be coached by an amazing and accomplished coaching staff [...] I knew I wanted a college that prioritizes academics, as well as offers a successful basketball program. The University of Richmond offers both, as well as a beautiful campus and basketball facilities.”
The University of Richmond, located in Richmond, Virginia, is a Division I school playing in the Atlantic 10 Conference.