Victoria Rumph, an international caliber catcher, and currently on Softball Canada's Women's National Team's active roster, is in her third season as the head softball coach at The College of Wooster.
Rumph's arrival signaled a rapid upswing in momentum for the program as the Fighting Scots qualified for the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament for the first time since 2012 and finished with a 20-23 record in her first year at the helm. The 20 wins marked a first for the program since 2012, while individually, Maddy Chase earned the NCAC's Player-of-the-Year honor, becoming the first student-athlete in program history to do so.
Rumph spent the previous two years associated with Muskingum University’s softball program, and helped guide the Fighting Muskies to an appearance in the championship round of the 2016 Ohio Athletic Conference Softball Tournament. With her as an assistant coach, Muskingum’s batting average improved 61 percentage points to a .347 clip for the 2015 season.
Among her responsibilities, Rumph planned all of the hitting and offensive drills for Muskingum’s practices. Defensively, she worked closely with the Muskies’ catchers, outfielders, and corner infielders. She also played a key role in recruiting and identifying student-athletes at tournaments, making phone calls, and scheduling on-campus visits.
Prior to her time with Muskingum, Rumph spent one season as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, Youngstown State University. There, she helped develop defensive skills and pitch calling strategies for the catchers.
As a player, Rumph has been a part of Softball Canada’s Women’s National Team since 2013. In her initial year on the national squad, Canada won the silver medal at the Pan American Softball Championship. Additionally, Rumph was a part of the team when it competed at the World Cup of Softball. Canada went on to earn the gold medal at the most recent Pan American Championships, a team on which Rumph was an alternate for. In 2017, she was on the active roster for the Japan Cup and served as an alternate for the ninth Pan American Championship.
As a collegiate student-athlete, the Drayton, Ontario native was a four-year starter for the Penguins, spending most of her career as a catcher. The standout capped her career as the all-time leader in RBI (123), and was the first player in program history to have a career batting average above .300, over 20 home runs, and over 100 RBI. An exceptional student-athlete both on and off of the field, Rumph earned a pair of all-Horizon League second-team certificates, and was a third-team Capital One Academic All-America®, as selected by CoSIDA honoree as a junior.
Rumph, who earned her master’s degree in adult education from Muskingum, also holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Youngstown State.