LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced Bemidji State softball Assistant Coach Rachel Rhode as one of two recipients of the 2020 Mary Nutter Scholarship announced Tuesday afternoon.
“I appreciate the NFCA and the Mary Nutter scholarship for helping give me the opportunity to continue learning and educating myself about the game of softball,” said Rhode. “Last year was my first year at the convention and it opened my eyes to new drills, opportunities, friendships, and overall thought process of the game. As a coach this is very important to me that I continue to grow and learn the game of softball as it grows and evolves each year.”
Rhode, along with Queens University of Charlotte assistant coach Kaitlyn Cheek, receives an educational grant named after former Pittsburg State (Kan.) head coach and 1997 NFCA Hall of Fame inductee Mary Nutter who founded the National Sports Clinic. It seeks to continue Nutter’s effort to provide softball coaches at all levels access to the best minds in the sport to help them become better coaches themselves.
Rhode will receive a Virtual Convention registration, presented by Traveling Teams. Additionally, she will receive a free 2021 NFCA Convention registration, travel reimbursement, and up to four nights paid at the Convention host hotel in Las Vegas.
Rhode joined 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.
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).