Yearly Coaching Highlights
Hall of Fame Induction Video
• National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2010)
• Nebraska Softball Hall of Fame (1997)
• Winningest Coach in Nebraska Athletics History (male or female)
• Winningest Coach in Nebraska Softball History
• Four-Time NFCA Midwest Region Staff of the Year (1998, 2002, 2013 & 2014)
• Midwest Region Coach of the Year (1995)
• Four-Time Conference Coach of the Year (1995, 1998, 2001 & 2014)
• Big Ten Coach of the Year (2014)
• Two-Time Big 12 Coach of the Year (1998 & 2001)
• Big Eight Coach of the Year (1995)
• Has Led Nebraska to the Top 11 Season Win Totals in Program History
• Winner of Seven Conference Titles
• Winner of Four NCAA Regional Championships
• Coached Three Women's College World Series Teams (1998, 2002 & 2013)
• Coached 21 All-Americans at Nebraska
• Coached 14 Academic All-Americans at Nebraska
• Dr. Barbara Hibner Trailblazer Award Recipient (2007)
• Member of Nebraska's 1982 Women's College World Series Team (Inaugural Year)
• 1982 All-Big Eight Selection
• Nebraska Single-Season Saves Record Holder (7 in 1983)
• Ranks 9th in School History in Career Saves (7)
• Five-Time ASA All-American
Top-Level Administrative Experience
• Three-Time NFCA President (1999-2002; 2005-06; 2013-16)
• Nebraska Senior Woman Administrator (2006-08)
• NFCA All-America Midwest Regional Representative (2019-present)
When Nebraska began its search for a head softball coach following the 1992 season, the Huskers were in need of an enthusiastic, high-energy coach who could return the program to its perch among the nation's elite. NU found that coach in Rhonda Revelle, who returned to her alma mater in 1993 on a mission to re-establish the Huskers as a national power.
Consider it mission accomplished.
The numbers speak for themselves: 989 wins; 20 NCAA Tournament berths; 15 top-20 national finishes; eight top-10 finishes; eight coach-of-the-year awards; seven conference titles; and three trips to the Women’s College World Series. Those numbers solidify Revelle as one of the sport's elite coaches, and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association agreed in 2010, when Revelle was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame.
While Revelle's legacy continues to grow, she is only focused on continuing to raise the bar for one of the nation’s elite programs. Revelle helped form Nebraska's tradition as a player on the Huskers' 1982 team, which qualified for the inaugural Women's College World Series. Her contributions as both player and coach were a big reason why Nebraska was voted the 12th-best program of all-time by the NFCA in 2003 and was recognized as the 10th-winningest program in NCAA history by CBS College Sports in 2007.
Entering her 28th season in 2020, Revelle owns nearly every Nebraska coaching record. With a record of 989-568 at Nebraska, Revelle has won more games than any other coach - male or female - in the history of Husker Athletics.
Revelle is about more than just wins however. She places the student-athlete first in every decision she makes and is committed to developing not only great players, but great students and citizens as well. Whether its her record-breaking win totals or her commitment to extending Nebraska's national lead in academic All-Americans, there is no doubt that Rhonda Revelle was a home-run hire for the Husker softball program.
Revelle is Winningest Coach in Nebraska History
Rhonda Revelle has won 989 games at Nebraska, more wins than any other coach - male or female - in the history of Nebraska Athletics. Revelle passed baseball coach John Sanders as Nebraska's all-time wins leader with her 768th victory on March 3, 2013. She became Nebraska softball's all-time wins leader with her 189th victory on April 11, 1998.
Revelle a Hall-of-Fame Coach
Rhonda Revelle earned the highest honor a collegiate softball coach can achieve in 2010, when she was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Revelle is a member of an elite fraternity, as she is one of only 76 coaches to be enshrined in the NFCA Hall of Fame. Revelle is one of 14 Hall of Famers who are actively coaching at the Division I level in 2019.
Coach of the Year in Three Different Conferences
Rhonda Revelle has been named coach of the year in three different conferences during her career. Revelle was named Big Eight Coach of the Year in her third season at Nebraska in 1995, and she was the Big 12 Coach of the Year in both 1998 and 2001. In 2014, Revelle was honored as the Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Revelle Ranks Highly Among Active Coaches
Not surprisingly given her Hall-of-Fame status, Rhonda Revelle compares well to her active coaching peers. Revelle ranks 12th among all active Division I coaches with 997 career victories and is one of only 30 coaches in NCAA Division I history to record 900 career wins. Revelle is also one of only five active Division I coaches who has taken her team to 20 NCAA Tournaments, and her 47 wins in the NCAA Tournament are tied for 12th nationally among active coaches.
Nation-Leading Academic All-America Tradition Thrives Under Revelle
Nebraska softball leads the nation with 30 academic All-Americans, a total that is the third-highest in NCAA history among all female athletic programs. Revelle has contributed to that total, producing 14 academic All-Americans in her first 27 seasons. Revelle's total ranks second nationally among all Division I coaches during that time.
Nebraska an NCAA Tournament Regular Under Revelle
Rhonda Revelle has guided Nebraska to the NCAA Tournament in 20 of her 26 seasons, including 20 of the last 24 years. Revelle ranks fifth among all active Division I coaches with her 20 NCAA Tournament appearances, and among those five coaches, only Oklahoma's Patty Gasso has fewer coaching years than Revelle. Revelle has led Nebraska to eight top-10 finishes in the NCAA Tournament, including three trips to the Women's College World Series.
Revelle Regularly Leads NU to Top National Finishes
Rhonda Revelle has guided Nebraska to 15 top-20 national finishes and eight top-10 finishes. She posted top-10 national finishes when Nebraska advanced to the Women's College World Series in 1998, 2002 and 2013, and she added five more top-10 finishes when Nebraska fell one round shy of the WCWS in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2014.
Huskers a Fixture in National Rankings
The NFCA top-25 poll began in 1995 and in its 24-year history, the Huskers have been ranked in the final poll 15 times, all under head coach Rhonda Revelle. Nebraska was one of only six programs in the country to end the season with a national ranking in each of the first 12 years of the poll's existence. Revelle has guided Nebraska to 12 top-20 final rankings, eight top-15 rankings and three top-10 rankings.
Revelle also led Nebraska to its highest national ranking when the Huskers spent three weeks ranked third during the 2003 season. Revelle has also guided Nebraska to its only three victories over a No. 1-ranked team.
From Nebraska to the Olympics
Softball was last included in the Olympic Games in 2008. That season, two of Rhonda Revelle's former Huskers competed for Team Canada, helping the Canadians to a fourth-place finish. Revelle was one of only five college coaches to have multiple former players compete in the 2008 Olympics. She trailed only Arizona's Mike Candrea for the most former players competing in the Beijing Olympics.
From Nebraska to the NPF
Eight of Rhonda Revelle's former players have gone on to successful careers in the National Pro Fastpitch League. The NPF held its lone All-Star Game in 2005, and three former Huskers were selected to participate in the game, the second-highest total among all collegiate programs. Four of Revelle's former players have won NPF championships, including two-time All-America twins Tatum and Taylor Edwards, who won back-to-back titles with the Chicago Bandits in 2015 and 2016. Kiki Stokes was one of the league's top rookies in 2016 with the Scrap Yard Dawgs. In 2017, Stokes, along with Taylor Edwards and MJ Knighten, helped the Dawgs to its first NPF title.
Revelle Grows Fan Support for Nebraska Softball
In addition to her coaching duties, Rhonda Revelle is also committed to growing the popularity of Husker softball. She was instrumental in Bowlin Stadium being built, and since the facility opened in 2002, the Huskers have ranked in the top 10 nationally in attendance six times.
Nebraska softball's popularity has continued to grow, reaching new heights in recent seasons. In 2016, the Huskers averaged a school-record 1,006 fans per game. That same season, Nebraska set a world record for the largest softball tailgate when 2,302 fans came out to watch the Huskers take on top-ranked Michigan.
Revelle Provides Leadership on National Level
Rhonda Revelle's impact is not limited to Nebraska. She has served as a visionary leader for the sport and is in currently in her third term as president of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Revelle served as the organization's president from 2013-16 following previous stints from 1999-2002 and 2005-06.
In addition to her coaching duties, Revelle has also been the top female administrator for Nebraska Athletics, serving as the Huskers' Senior Woman Administrator from 2006 to 2008 before returning her full-time focus to coaching.
A Champion on the Field and in the Community
In addition to being a champion on the field, Rhonda Revelle is also a champion in the community, as one of the most active volunteers in the Lincoln community. The 2003 Downtown YMCA Co-Volunteer of the Year, Revelle has served as chairperson for several charitable campaigns, including the UNL United Way Combined Campaign, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night campaign, the Downtown YMCA Strong Kids campaign, the YMCA Cycle-a-Thon for Strong Kids campaign and the Lincoln Youth Council "Let ‘Em Play" campaign. Under Revelle, the 2005 United Way Combined Campaign raised its highest dollar amount to date. Revelle is also actively involved with Lincoln's Child Advocacy Center.
A Conversation with Coach Revelle
Q: What do you enjoy most about coaching at Nebraska?
A: The sense of tradition, pride and community. From the players right on through to the fans, it is one big TEAM effort. As a coach, there is a tremendous responsibility to ensure that "the pride of Nebraska" stays intact.
Q: What is your coaching philosophy?
A: Our coaching philosophy is that we are a team-first program. From the administrators, support staff and coaches to the players and fans, we believe that love is the greatest source of motivation. By that, I mean love for the game, love for one another and the will to do the hard work it takes to be a champion.
Q: You've restored NU to the upper echelon of collegiate softball. What have been the keys to your success?
A: The quality of student-athletes has been the single greatest reason for our success. Their work ethic, talent and willingness to put the team first have been the cornerstone of this program's emergence. I have also been blessed to have what I consider the best staff any head coach could ask or wish for. Without them, we would not be where we are. We do not care who gets the credit. We just care that the job gets done and gets done with the highest standard.
Q: When you are recruiting a student-athlete, what are Nebraska's most impressive qualities?
A: I believe the pride one intensely feels when she is a Nebraska Husker is powerful. This university, athletic department and softball program are dedicated to excellence, and it relentlessly permeates the climate when recruits are on campus.
We feel that Lincoln is a perfect college town, the University is a first-class institution and the athletic department, featuring the Hewit Center, Husker Power, HuskerVision, the Performance Buffet and many other services sell themselves. They are simply the best in college athletics.
Q: What do you look for in a Nebraska recruit?
A: We look for a person who embodies our ideals and mission for Nebraska softball. They are students and then athletes. They are honest, hard-working people who conduct themselves with class. We want student-athletes to join our family who have the values of diligence, take responsibility for their actions and respect themselves and others. We believe these are some of the qualities of high-level performers, and we want to protect our family by bringing in only athletes of high moral character.
Q: How important has Bowlin Stadium been to Nebraska softball?
A: Bowlin Stadium is a beautiful venue for both the athletes and the fans. It is set up to embrace the team concept, as the fans are right next to us, encircling us with their support. And now we have our very own indoor practice facility right next to our field and locker room. I am grateful that our administration values our sport enough to build one of the premier facilities in the country.
Q: What makes Nebraska softball fans so special?
A: There is no place like Nebraska. Why do you think that slogan became famous? Because of the awesome fans. They are loyal, steadfast, ever-ready and always great sports. We love our fans.