BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University softball interim head coach Brittany Gomez announced the addition of assistant coach Rachel Rhode for the 2020 season. Rhode joins BSU after serving as a graduate assistant and former student-athlete at Union College.
Rhode served as a graduate assistant coach and student assistant during two seasons at Union College from 2018-19. 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.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).