Rachel Rhode joins the Bemidji State softball program for her first season as assistant coach in 2019. She served as a graduate assistant coach and student assistant during two seasons at Union College from 2018-19 prior to joining BSU.
Rhode and the Beavers finished the shortened 2020 season 10-12 after opening to a 6-3 start. BSU won three consecutive games twice and ended with back-to-back wins before the season was canceled March 14 due to COVID-19. Senior pitcher/shortstop Olivia Tucker ranked second in the NSIC with 23 RBI, including a six-RBI game March 8 against California (Pa.), and sixth with six home runs. Sophomore catcher/outfield Alaina Christianson ranked second in the conference with 20 runs scored and three sacrifice bunts. Freshman pitcher Kyla Damerow finished with the sixth-fewest hits allowed (29) among conference qualifiers.
Rhode helped the Bulldogs finish the 2019 season with a 31-20 record overall, just the third time in program history the team eclipsed the 30-win mark. With a focus on pitchers, Rhode helped Union rank fourth in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) in team strikeouts. Union’s pitchers garnered one All-AAC Second Team honor along with one AAC Champions of Character Team and two AAC Player of the Week recognitions during the 2019 season.
As a member of the Bulldogs roster, Rhode led the team with a 2.08 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 2017. She was named the 2017 AAC Pitcher of the Year after being selected to the All-AAC First Team. Rhode earned AAC Pitcher of the Week once and finished the season ranked 30th in the NAIA for total innings pitched with 181.1.
Before joining Union in 2017, Rhode pitched one season at NCAA Division I program University of Tennessee-Martin in 2016 and threw two seasons at NJCAA Division I program Lake Land Junior College from 2014-15.
Rhode is from Stillwater, Minn., and earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with minors in sociology and psychology in 2018 from Union.