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Fastpitch Coach: Q&A
Rhonda Revelle, Head Coach, University of Nebraska.
Number of years in this position: Eighth season.
Overall won-lost record at present position: 240-156.
Previous Softball Head or assistant softball coaching positions: Nebraska Wesleyan University, head coach, two years; Cal State Hayward, assistant coach, one year; San Jose State University, assistant coach, four years.
Other Accomplishments: Two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year, two-time Midwest region coach of year, 1998 Big 12 Champions (season and postseason tournament), five NCAA Berths, three Sweet 16 finishes, one Women's College World Series Appearance. President, National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Education: BS-Education from Nebraska, 1984, MA-Education from San Jose State,1992.
Softball playing career highlights: MVP 1987 ASA National Tournament; five-time ASA All-American
Q: When did you know you wanted to coach fastpitch softball and how did you get started?
RR: College, as a player, the coach in me was developing
Q: Who are some of the coaches and non-coaches you learned the most from and what did you learn?
RR: Carol Spanks, class;, Roger Dawes, expect the best and reach for the stars and make it happen; Lori Sippel, respect for the game; Kathy Strahan consistency and details, do it right the first time; my dad (Ron), passion and love of sport, my grandma-love for the Lord; Dr. Barbara Hibner, perserverance, and loyalty; Dr. Barbara Conry, pride in authorship; Carol Hutchins, balance and perspective.
Q: What do you think you do best as a coach?
RR: Care about people
Q: What would you change, if anything, about therecruiting process?
RR: I would like to see the NFCA running the majority of the tournaments so we have a system more conducive to effective and efficient recruiting
Q: If there is one rule or procedure change you would like to see your national governing body adopt, what would it be?
RR: We would truly understand and act accordingly to the "safety" issues in our sport, i.e., bat and ball
Q: When recruiting, what's the first thing you look for in a player? What's the second?
RR: First, respect for others (coaches, parents, teammates, siblings, environment.) If no. one is in place, general overall athletic ability.
Q: What do you think was the best coaching job you ever did?
RR: I hope it hasn't happened yet.
Q: What was your greatest moment as a coach?
RR: Anytime our team is playing as a team, both emotionally and physically. That's synergy, and I love the feeling of it.
Q: What was your worst moment as a coach?
RR: Seeing an athlete forfeit her career because she did not take care of academics.
Q: What is funniest/strangest/most memorable experience you and your team have had on the road?
RR: Getting caught in a snowstorm coming back from Arkansas. A seven-hour trip turned into a 36-hour bus ride. The bus did not smell real good by the time we got to Lincoln.
Q: What do you love most about coaching?
RR: The love, fun, respect, trust, adversity, and growth you experience with a person and a team. And, taking a group and have them move in tandem towards one collective goal. I enjoy the team working as a team, and caring about each other as much or more than they do themselves.
Q: What do you love least about coaching?
RR: When people make hurtful comments about others without knowing the whole situation, or considering others' feelings.
Q: Please complete this sentence: My coaching career has been successful if the majority of my players.
RR: Took pride in their school, team, work ethic and themselves both on the field and in the classroom.
Q: If you could go anywhere in the world for a week, all expenses paid, where would you go?
RR: Cabin on a lake with no phone or television.. Great hiking trails, great books, creative thoughts, some meaningful conversation, and sleeping and napping whenever I feel like it. Can it last for a month?
Q: What haven't you done yet in your life that you still want to do?
RR: Where do I start? Ph.D, write a book, smell the roses, humanitarian efforts, national championship, trip to Alaska, help teach my niece about Jesus.
Q: What advice would you give to young people who want to coach softball?
RR: Seek out quality mentors, and embrace the "grunt" work.
Q: If you weren't coaching softball, what would you be doing?
RR: Counseling or ministry
Q: What is your favorite movie?
RR: White Squall.
Q: Who is your favorite movie star?
RR: Oprah Winfrey.
Q: What is your favorite television show?
RR: ESPN Sportcenter.
Q: What is your favorite song?
RR: Amazing Grace.
Q: What is your favorite food?
RR: I have a love affair with all types of food.
Q: Your favorite book?
RR: The Bible.