the late 1980’s, the Stoneham High School volleyball team knew what they
needed for a successful program. The team needed a leader and Rachel
Fabiano became that person.
Rachel was described as a great example of a patient leader who not only
gave the team the support and strength they required but was a
volleyball phenomenon. Fabiano, the top middle attacker, who was one of
the hardest hitters in the league could pound the ball with a high
An average week for Rachel included 10 kills along with 8 aces.
Fabiano’s serve percentage was an amazing 93.2%. With this new team
dynamic, Rachel and the volleyball team began the climb to the top.
Stoneham’s 2-0 win stunned the North Reading team who was dueling
against Stoneham for the number one spot.
Under Fabiano’s leadership, the momentum continued and the volleyball
team produced three league championships including two state final
runner-up titles. In her senior year the Middlesex League coaches named
her the league’s Most Valuable Player. The accolades continued for
Rachel with a league All Star credit and being named to the North
Sectional All Tournament team. She was also awarded Globe All
Rachel transitioned into basketball competing for two seasons, then into
softball playing all four years of high school. As a senior, Rachel was
elected co-captain and continued her outstanding performance on the
diamond. Rachel was named a Middlesex League All Star two years in a row
along with a second Globe All Scholastic honor. This was no small feat
considering Rachel suffered a broken ankle in the championship game
Years after graduating from Stoneham High, Rachel returned to Stoneham
and coached many girls’ programs including high school volleyball and
middle school basketball.
resides in Stoneham with her husband Perry Reis and their children
Victoria and Paul.