LINCOLN — Nebraska softball coach Rhonda Revelle has been placed on paid administrative leave by the university pending the completion of an unspecified review.
The following statement was provided to The World-Herald late Tuesday afternoon by Nebraska Athletics:
“We take seriously any concerns raised regarding our student-athletes. As part of our due diligence, Coach Revelle has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the completion of a review. With this being a personnel matter, there will be no additional comment until the review is complete.”
A timetable for the review’s completion was not announced. Revelle is the second-longest tenured coach at Nebraska behind only men’s and women’s track and field coach Gary Pepin.
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Multiple sources have told The World-Herald that student-athletes have had meetings to share their concerns with athletic department and other university officials since the end of the 2019 season.
Among the items those sources shared is that current student-athletes have been instructed to contact associate head coach Lori Sippel with any softball-related inquiries until the review has been completed.
Revelle did not immediately return phone messages asking about her being put on leave and the university’s review.
In her 27-year career as the Huskers’ head softball coach, Revelle has posted a record of 989-568, a .635 winning percentage. Four times, most recently in 2014, she has been named conference coach of the year. In 2010 Revelle was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
But while Nebraska made 20 appearances in the NCAA tournament in a 22-year span between 1995 and 2016, the program has fallen on hard times and has missed the past three NCAA tournaments.
Nebraska’s combined record the past three seasons is 76-83 (.478), including sub-.500 seasons in 2017 (24-29) and 2019 (21-31). Even the 2018 season, in which the Huskers finished 31-23, was a turbulent campaign as Nebraska lost nine of its final 10 games, virtually eliminating the team from postseason consideration.
The Huskers also have lost their past four Big Ten tournament games dating to a 2016 second-round setback to Penn State. The Nittany Lions also ended Nebraska’s season in the first round in 2017, as did Michigan State in 2018 and Illinois in 2019.
This year’s team was Revelle’s second to finish with more than 30 losses. The Huskers had a 9-14 record in Big Ten games.
How the ongoing review and the pending results will affect Nebraska’s 2020 schedule is unclear. The only games that have been set are the Big Ten/ACC Challenge games Feb. 14-16. Both Nebraska and Iowa will travel to Atlanta to face host Georgia Tech and Boston College.
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Rhonda Revelle works with a player during a hitting drill at practice on May 12, 1998.
Rhonda Revelle opens up the game ball with her catcher Amber Burgess, left, and pitcher Katie Decker, right, in a pregame ritual before facing Creighton on April 21, 2001.
Rhonda Revelle congratulates Peaches James during a game against Notre Dame on April 23, 2002.
Rhonda Revelle welcomes Ashley Eoriatti to practice on Jan. 13, 2003.
Rhonda Revelle jumps on the back of Lori Sippel after beating Texas A&M on May 2, 2004.
Rhonda Revelle swarms Jamie Waldecker after a game-winning RBI against Texas A&M on May 2, 2004.
Rhonda Revelle congratulates Jamie Waldecker after a grand slam to help beat Oklahoma State on April 28, 2007.
Rhonda Revelle bumps fists Crystal Carwile after Carwile hit a two-run homer against Iowa State on April 29, 2008.
Rhonda Revelle looks at the outfield during a game against Iowa State on April 29, 2008.
Rhonda Revelle takes out starting pitcher Molly Hill, left, in the fifth inning against Texas in the Big 12 tournament on May 9, 2009.
Rhonda Revelle congratulates Heidi Foland after a first-inning home run against Creighton on April 7, 2010.
Rhonda Revelle pats Taylor Edwards on the helmet after a third-inning homer against Oklahoma on March 26, 2011.
Rhonda Revelle leads a huddle after Nebraska beat Creighton on March 30, 2011.
Rhonda Revelle removes a bat from the field during a game against Creighton on March 30, 2011.
Rhonda Revelle talks to Taylor Edwards after a RBI hit against Northwestern on March 23, 2012.
Rhonda Revelle looks at something in Gabby Banda's eye before the start of the sixth inning against Creighton on April 11, 2012.
Rhonda Revelle celebrates with Alicia Armstrong after an RBI base hit in the first inning against New Mexico State on March 15, 2013.
Rhonda Revelle coaches first base during a game against New Mexico State on March 15, 2013.
Rhonda Revelle sends in a sign against New Mexico State on March 15, 2013.
Rhonda Revelle walks to first base against New Mexico State on March 15, 2013.
Rhonda Revelle congratulates her team after beating Stanford in a regional final on May 19, 2013.
Rhonda Revelle smiles during a press conference on May 22, 2013, before facing Oregon in super regional.
Rhonda Revelle gets a celebratory shower from Courtney Breault and Kylee Muir after defeating Oregon to advance to the Women's College World Series on May 26, 2013.
Rhonda Revelle celebrates after beating Oregon to advance to the Women's College World Series on May 26, 2013.
Rhonda Revelle watches her team practice on May 31, 2013.
Rhonda Revelle discusses strategy during practice on May 31, 2013.
Rhonda Revelle signals safe as players celebrate a game-tying run in the seventh inning against Florida in the Women's College World Series on June 1, 2013.
Rhonda Revelle shouts to her players as they face Creighton on April 25, 2017.
Tatum Edwards and Taylor Edwards dump Gatorade on Rhonda Revelle after beating Missouri in a regional on May 18, 2014.
Rhonda Revelle hugs Hailey Decker after losing to Alabama in a super regional on May 23, 2014.
Rhonda Revelle during her team's first practice of the 2015 season on Jan. 12, 2015.
Rhonda Revelle talks with her team during their first practice of the 2015 season on Jan. 12, 2015.
Rhonda Revelle gives advice to Kat Woolman in a game against UNO on April 15, 2015.
Rhonda Revelle celebrates after Nebraska defeats Iowa on April 6, 2016.
Rhonda Revelle cheers on Cassie McClure after a home run in the first inning against UNO on March 22, 2017.