Jade Rhodes is going into coaching as the former Auburn Tigers All-American was named an assistant coach at Eastern New Mexico.
“I could not be more thrilled to have Jade join our staff,” said Greyhound’s Head Coach Katie Welborn in a press release. “She was a phenomenal player at one of the most prestigious softball programs in the nation, and as a professional player, I do not doubt that she will be able to make the transfer from great player to great coach seamlessly. Jade brings a lot to the team that we need. She first stood out because of her extensive knowledge of the game, but when every single reference said that she was the hardest worker they had met, I knew we had to have her. She will bring many qualities beneficial to the program, like her work ethic, her youthful energy, and experience. Jade steps into large shoes following our former assistants, but if anyone can fill that void, it is Jade. We are excited she is a Greyhound and are ready to get this season going!”
Rhodes was a Third Team NFCA All-American as a senior in 2016 and was chosen to the Women’s College World Series All-Tournament Team as Rhodes help the Tigers get to the Women’s College World Series for the second straight season. Rhodes and the Tigers ended up in the Women’s College World Series Championship Series finishing runner-up to Oklahoma. Rhodes made the SEC All-Defensive Team as a senior and was second team all-conference. After concluding her career at Auburn with 46 home runs.
Rhodes then signed with the Pennsylvania Rebellion in 2016 and played the season with the Rebellion as well as the Scrap Yard Dawgs up until July 2017. Rhodes is now going into coaching as she is part of the Greyhound program that plays in Division 2. Eastern New Mexico is coming off a 20-36 season going 10-20 in the Lone Star Conference.