|Title:||Assistant Women's Basketball Coach|
One of the most decorated student-athletes in Johnson & Wales University history, Raquel Pederzani has gone from being on the court for the Wildcats to the sidelines. She joins head coach Kim Dweck’s coaching staff for the 2019-20 season.
Pederzani accomplished a number of first for the JWU women’s basketball program. She became the first Wildcat to earn a spot on the D3Hoops.com All-Northeast Region team with her Third-Team selection. Pederzani was also the first women's basketball student-athlete to be named CoSIDA Academic All-American. With her First-Team All-GNAC award her senior year, she was the first player in program history to be named all-conference all four years of their career.
The Coventry, RI native finished her career as the Wildcats' all-time leader in points, assists, steals, three-pointers and free throw percentage. Pederzani broke the school-record with 41 points against Albertus Magnus as part of her eight 20-point games. She ended the season sixth in the GNAC at 17.6 points per game, breaking the JWU single-season record for scoring average.
In 2017 Pederzani was a First-Team All-GNAC women’s lacrosse selection, making her the first Wildcat to be named First-Team All-GNAC in two separate sports. The following season she earned another First-Team All-GNAC selection after registering 45 goals, 47 assists – setting the JWU single-season record – and 92 points. In addition to the assist record, Pederzani ranks second in school history for goals and points. At the time she was only the second player in program history to amass 200 career points.
She was also the recipient of the 2018 Johnson & Wales Ron Bachman Award for Academics, Athletics, and Leadership as well as the school's RIAIAW award winner and a finalist for the national Josten's Award. Outside of athletics, Pederzani was a four-year member of the JWU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), including two years as vice president.
Pederzani graduated from JWU in 2018 with a 3.94 grade point average in criminal justice. She went on to earn a master’s degree in global crime, justice and security from the University of Edinburgh.