Kristen Rafael is currently in her second season as a volunteer assistant coach with the Texas Tech Lady Raider tennis program.
Rafael comes to Texas Tech after leading Notre Dame to four consecutive Big East Conference titles (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), as well as four NCAA appearance, including a pair of back-to-back showings in the Final Four.
Rafael's luck of the Irish seems to be paying off, as she has been a part of two straight Big 12 Conference titles for the Lady Raiders, as well as two NCAA appearances. In all, Rafael has been a part of six conference titles and six NCAA appearances.
Rafael helped lead the Irish to a 28-5 record in 2009 and a 26-4 record in 2010 - Notre Dame's two Final Four seasons. She was a four-time Big East Academic All-Star and captained the 2010-11 edition of the Irish.
A four-time University of Notre Dame Monogram Club Award recipient, Rafael left the school third on the all-time list in match-clinching wins - 25 total. She also ranks ninth in dual match winning percentage and 13th in NCAA Championship victories.
Of the court, she was a member of the ND Student-Athlete Advisory Council, selected to participate in the ND Rosenthal Leadership Academy and received the Notre Dame Leader of Distinction Award in 2011.
A native of Grand Prairie, Texas, Rafael attended Fort Worth Nolan Catholic High School, where she was a four-time team MVP en route to four straight district titles and three state titles. She also earned High School All-America honors and was the No. 5 overall recruit coming out of high school.
Rafael graduated in 2011 from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor of arts double major in Theology and Preprofessional Studies. She is currently a second year student at the Texas Tech School of Law, where she is a member of the Texas Tech Law Review. She is a candidate for Doctor of Jurisprudence 2014.