Alumni Spotlight: Rachel (Bard) Dunbar '02

Alumni Spotlight: Rachel (Bard) Dunbar '02

Name: Rachel (Bard) Dunbar 

Hometown: Winslow, Maine

Years attended UMF: 1998-2002

Position: Point guard

Current Location:  Gorham, Maine

Current job: School Counselor at Westbrook Middle School

Why did you choose to attend UMF?

I wanted to attend a school where I could continue playing basketball and receive a great education. The admissions counselor I worked with (Wendy Ault) made UMF feel like a second home. After meeting with her and touring the campus, I could not imagine going anywhere else.

What are your greatest memories at UMF?

My greatest memories were being part of the women's basketball team and finishing my career with a conference win. I developed long-lasting friendships with my teammates and relationships with coaches and academic staff, who provided support along the way.

How has the University of Maine at Farmington helped you in your life after college?

Once I made the decision to become a school counselor, my advisor worked with me to plan the appropriate path to achieving my goal. I attended the graduate program at the University of Maine and immediately felt well prepared after graduating from UMF.  

What advice would you give to our current team/student-athletes? 

My advice is to recognize and appreciate how fortunate you are to be a part of a team. You will learn and develop valuable skills such as leadership, successfully work together as a team, determination, and commitment.  These skills are equally as important as the workplace skills you will bring to your future career.  

Note: Rachel was named team captain as a senior during the 2001-2002 season. The Beavers won the Maine Athletic Conference and clinched a berth into the NAIA Division II National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. She also set the single-season record for most assists (160), assists per game (5.9) steals (126), steals per game (4.7) as a senior. Rachel is the all-time leader with 363 career steals, ranks third with 420 career assists, and third with a 4.2 assists per game career average.