Rick Supinski enters the 2018 season as his sixth season at the helm of the Bemidji State softball program and has compiled a 97-144 career record.
2017 would prove to be another record for Supinski and the Beavers as the team boasted a 28-19 record and their second-consecutive appearance at the NSIC Softball Tournament. The Beavers earned their highest seeding in the post-season tournament in school history and were seeded sixth after posting a 14-12 conference record. The Beavers fell to (3) Augustana in the first game of the tournament but rallied with four-straight wins, including a 7-4 win over Augustana to advance to the semifinal game. The Beavers also had their first player named to the All-NSIC First Team since the league divided teams in 2009 in Jessica Yost. Yost broke school records by going 25-8 in the circle to become the first player in program history to earn 20 or more wins in a season. She also totaled 307 strikeouts, one of five players in Division II to tally over 300 in a season, shattering the record she previously set. Supinski also landed two members on the All-NSIC Second Team in Jessica Burlingame and Angie Roberts as well as a record nine Beavers selected to the NSIC All-Academic Team.
2016 was a banner year for the Beavers as the team set a program record with 33 wins and their first birth in the NSIC Softball Tournament since 2008. The Beavers reached the post-season for the first time under Supinksi and went 2-2 during the tournament eventually falling to SMSU on the second day of the tournament. Junior Jessica Yost earned All-NSIC Second Team honors and four members of the squad awere named All-Academic by the NSIC. Yost and senior Lyndsey Peterson were offensive threats under the direction of Supinski as Peterson broke the school record with 35 runs batted in while Yost followed with 33. The Beavers also broke last year's program record with 45 team home runs led by Peterson and Yost who each tallied 12.
Bemidji State saw plenty of individual team and individual success in Supinski's third season in 2015. The Beavers not only posted their most wins since 1998 (18) but they also shattered the team record for home runs in a season smacking 44 home runs in 48 games. Leading the way was All-NSIC Second Team selection Lyndsey Peterson with nine long balls. Sophomore Jessica Yost, who also hit nine home runs, struck out a program record 185 batters. Freshman Lexi Ripka set the freshman record for home runs with six and Angie Roberts set the program's single-season hit record with 52.
Year two of Supinski's tenure saw BSU go 8-39 overall and 2-28 in league action. The Beavers knocked off rivals Southwest Minnesota State and Minnesota Crookston for their conference victories. Bemidji State was led by junior Nicole Dupay who hit .326 with five home runs and 25 RBI. The Beavers also had a pair of pitchers log at least 107 innings in Allie Duellman and Kelsey Saralampi. Duellman posted 3-13 record with a 6.04 ERA, while Saralampi went 4-19 with a 6.84 ERA.
In his first season at the helm, Supinski led BSU to a 10-37 overall record and a 2-24 mark in conference action. Highlighting the 2012 campaign were victories over rivals Minnesota Duluth and MSU Moorhead. Individually, the Beavers were led by senior pitcher Courtney Anderson who posted a 7-14 record with a 2.52 ERA in 30 games. Anderson finished her career as a Beaver second on the program's all-time strikeout list (439).
Supinski became the 18th head coach in the history of Bemidji State softball program November 11, 2011. Supinski, a native of Little Canada, Minn., joins the Bemidji State staff after more than three years as the assistant softball coach at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
In two seasons he helped lead the NCAA Division III Bobcats to a 20-38 overall record, which included a six-win improvement from 2010 to 2011, a Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBC) Championship and the program’s first trip to the New England Small College Athletic Conference Tournament (NESCAC) since the inception of the league in 1999.
While at Bates, Supinski was responsible for recruiting, designing and implementing in season and off season conditioning and weight lifting programs, video coordination, travel planning, coordinating fund raising efforts and individual instruction. In addition, he also served as the department’s fitness and weight room supervisor.
Prior to his time at Bates, Supinski served as the head coach at Cheverus High School from 2003-08. While at the Portland, Maine school, he led the program to its first playoff appearance and victory.
Supinski’s coaching background also includes involvement with several youth and Amateur Softball Association (ASA) organizations, most notably, the Portland Hellcats U-23 team (2005-08), where he coached athletes from all levels of collegiate softball, and Frozen Ropes Junior Black Bears U-16 team, which was runner-up at the state tournament in 2007.
Supinski earned his bachelor of science degree from St. John’s University (Minn.) in 1991.