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Legally blonde: Coor snakes legal internship with Diamondbacks

Former Medomak Valley High School cheering coach studies law
By Mark Haskell | Dec 15, 2016
Courtesy of: Rachel Coor Rachel Coor, an intern, is a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks legal department.

Phoenix, Ariz. — Former Medomak Valley High School cheering coach Rachel Coor has experienced her share of successes in the Pine Tree State and the Midwest.

Now, she brings her athletic talents to the West Coast.

The 38-year-old Coor was chosen for a spring internship in the legal department for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball. Her first day with the Diamondbacks will be Jan. 10.

“I’m thrilled to be in this position,” said Coor. “I’ve put a lot of work into law school the last couple years and to end up heading down this sports law path and I love it. This opportunity came up and I just applied for it.”

Coor, a 1996 Medomak Valley High School graduate and former three-sport athlete — cross country, cheering and outdoor track — for the Panthers (she also attended Bangor High School for a time), is set to graduate from Arizona State University in the spring with her Juris Doctor. She completed her first year of law school at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland before she transferred to ASU.

Coor also graduated from the University of Maine in Augusta in 2002 with a nursing degree.

Coor was selected as an alternate for the position and later received word that the Diamondbacks’ first choice could not take the position.

“The person they offered the position to was in Florida and she couldn’t logistically make it work to go to law school in Florida and work in Arizona,” she said. “I had already received an email that said, ‘Thank you for applying we’ve chosen a different candidate’ and I’d kind of given up, but they called and explained what happened and asked me if I was still interested.”

She plans to stay in the sports aspect of law either in the collegiate or professional ranks.

Coor currently works in the ASU athletics compliance office for externship credit and plans to split her time between that and her internship with the Diamondbacks this spring.

“I actually don’t have to take any classes next semester because my credit requirements will be filled between my externship and everything else I’ve done,” she said. “So I’m just going to split my days between the compliance office at ASU and the Diamondbacks.”

Coor coached the Medomak Valley cheering squad six years and led the Panthers to numerous Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championships and regional titles, along with topnotch finishes at the state competitions before stepping down at the end of the 2013-14 season.

She also spent eight years as an assistant coach at then Rockland District High School with her mother, Mary, as the two led the Tigers to Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B titles from 1997-2004, Eastern Class B crowns in 2003-04 and a state Class B championship in 2003. Coor also spent four years at Mullen High School in Denver, Colo. where she guided that squad to state titles in 2005 and 2007.

Despite her busy and ambitious professional career, which has, at times, put her as far away as Hawaii with traveling nursing — and in Arizona the past few years — Coor has always found time to remain involved with the Medomak Valley cheering squad. She has flown back from both locations to attend KVAC, regional and/or state championship events.

“I feel like every year I say, ‘There’s no way I’m going to be able to do this again next year’ and every year I find a way to still be involved, at least peripherally, and make it work and still be there for [coach] Heather [Simmons]. I’m so grateful for her to make it so I can still be involved with the kids and the program.”

Coor admits it is tough to try to disconnect from the Panthers. During a recent phone interview, Coor was looking in on Panther cheer practice from the ASU library via Skype — a video chat service — while studying for exams “and giving some advice.”

“I stay involved because I love the kids,” she said. “And really, I love the kids in that community. I'm pretty invested. I grew up a Panther and I'll always be a Panther. Even if I'm a Diamondback, I know I still belong to the Medomak Valley family.”

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