Rod Radcliffe rejoins head softball coach Kristen Butler on the Scarlet Knights' staff as an assistant after working with her on the 2018 MAC Coaching Staff of the Year at Toledo. He spent four seasons with Butler at Toledo and will continue his primary work with outfielders and hitters at Rutgers, while serving as first base coach in-game.
Radcliffe, a former head coach at Bethel University in Minnesota, has been touted for helping Toledo increase their total doubles, home runs, stolen bases and fielding percentage.
Over the course of his time at Bethel, Radcliffe amassed 223 wins while producing two NFCA All-Americans and 25 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honorees. He holds the program record for wins, conference winning percentage and winning streak in a single season.
The 2013 MIAC Coach of the Year, Radcliffe took Bethel to the postseason in five of his final seven seasons, including back-to-back championship game appearances in 2013 and 2014. Also in 2013, Radcliffe’s Royals set a Bethel record with 27 wins.
Radcliffe also was the head softball coach for the United States Team for Competitive Edge International in Thailand and Laos in 2003, 2005 and 2008, and in Myanmar in 2011. Prior to his time at Bethel, Radcliffe had stints as a coach at Ackley-Geneva (IA) High School, Hampton-Dumont (IA) High School and Ellsworth (IA) Community College.
Radcliffe and his wife Julie have three children: Adam, Tyler and Koby.