Tori Tyson's softball career in Nebraska ended in 2012, but the relationship with his head coach was just beginning.
Playing for Rhonda Revelle inspired Tyson to become a coach. With the help of Revelle, Tyson landed an assistant coaching position at Cal State Fullerton, in her home state.
When Tyson became head coach at Howard, she wanted to reinforce the presence of the program on social networks.
Among the first to follow the Twitter account of the softball Howard: Revelle.
"She's watching me all the time," Tyson said on Wednesday. "She sent me videos and always exercises, and wherever I went, she played an important role."
Now, Tyson will fight for his coach. The same is true of many other former Huskers a day after learning that Revelle had been put on paid administrative leave, pending a university review regarding "the concerns expressed regarding our student athletes."
Nebraska has not provided more information on the situation and Revelle, who has just finished his 27th season with the Huskers. The 2019 team players were asked not to talk about the investigation, said a Star Star source.
According to another source, players and team associates would meet with Nebraska compliance officials. In the meantime, the Sports Department did not respond to a Star Journal survey on the duration of Revelle's paid administrative leave.
As the university quietly pursues its examination, many members of the university softball community have strongly supported Revelle.
"Growing up, the softball of Nebraska was coach Revelle," said Alicia Armstrong, a native of Beatrice, who played at the NU from 2013 to 2016. "That's what I've got it for To see it associated with this in mind, I simply do not see the program in this way – it's absolutely crazy – I'm honestly stunned that this is happening.
"She would do absolutely anything for her players, so it's very discouraging to see some players talking about Revelle coach like that."
On Wednesday, former players, coaches and parents covered numerous tweets on social media, often with the hashtag #standwithrhonda. Big Ten coaches offered their support, including legendary Michigan coach Carol Hutchins, who is a close friend of Revelle.
Several former players told Star News that they were shocked to see the news.
"I go to Husker games every year (and) when I'm there, I always go out on the pitch to see the coaches, but also the players," said Peaches James, one of the biggest Huskers to dress for Revelle (2001-04). "I always give hugs to players and we argue – I was so surprised, so surprised because there was never such a vibration."
The former Huskers also ensure that Nebraska trustees hear their voices. Nicole Trimboli said the players who played for Revelle are writing to Nebraska Sports Director Bill Moos, Chancellor of the United Nations League, Ronnie Green, and the University President. , Hank Bounds.
"Seeing the letters of some of my teammates (…) we felt so touched that it was almost as if some of us were unaware of what was going on around us," said Trimboli, who played for Revelle from 2001 to 2004..
The former Huskers emphasized Revelle's positive energy, his passion for coaching and, above all, his ability to communicate with players.
"She was very curious about you from the start," Trimboli said. "She's trying to understand people first, she's a coach at a very competitive university, winning is important, and she wants to get the best out of us on the field, but it's never been motivated by:" How can I make you play the best? & # 39; This has always been motivated by: "How can I get to know you and help you grow as a person?"
Armstrong said: "She knows the potential of players and their goals, and she will push athletes to reach them, she wants only the best for her players and I am incredibly grateful for (my) four years (in Nebraska) and the impact on my life. "
When Tyson played for Revelle, the California native said, "I certainly did not make it easy for him." But Revelle's faith in Tyson has not faltered and Tyson, whose younger sister, Dawna, also played at the NU, said she was grateful to have been pushed like Revelle.
"You feel that love when she hugs you and you know it's there," Tyson said. "You must be able to receive it – I was not able to receive that level of love until I did, and you wanted it more.
"Now, I'm in the real world saying," My God, I could really use a practice of Revelle and her love right away. "It was a challenge, she wanted to be the best, and as a coach we have to do it, it's our job."
It remains to be seen whether Revelle, considered an ambassador for sport and the state, will lead a 28th season in Nebraska. Revelle is nearing 1,000 career victories and is a member of the NFCA Hall of Fame. James called the uncertainty of "heartbreaking".
"The fact that you can build this legacy and you can have so many years and have a positive impact on so many lives," said James. "She gives spinning classes at the YMCA and I saw her in other ways than softball in the community, all of whom have all these great things, experiences with her, and years and years of experience. years of positivity and one or two people can bring all this back and that is what breaks my heart.
"We all know who Rhonda is."