Rhonda Revelle

Nebraska softball coach Rhonda Revelle has compiled a 989-568 record and earned conference coach of the year honors four times in her career — once in the Big Eight (1995), twice in the Big 12 (1998, 2001) and once in the Big Ten (2014).

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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