Joey Rodriguez, a catalyst of VCU’s historic 2011 Final Four squad and one of the most beloved Rams in program history, returns to his alma mater as director of player development under Head Coach Mike Rhoades.
Previously, Rodriguez served as head coach at his high school alma mater, Lake Howell (Fla.) during the 2015-16 school year.
Rodriguez starred for VCU as a point guard from 2007-11 and played for Rhoades, then an assistant coach, his final two seasons. A deft playmaker, Rodriguez was one of the driving forces behind VCU’s 2011 march from the NCAA First Four to the Final Four. He averaged 10.4 points, 5.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds that season, including 9.0 points and 7.7 assists in the Rams’ five NCAA Tournament wins.
In all, Rodriguez helped lead VCU to four postseason berths during his career, including a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances (2009, 2011). Rodriguez ranks third in school history in both assists (580) and steals (237), as well as 21st in points (1,362).
The Winter Park, Fla., native got his start in coaching at Central Florida, spending the 2012-13 season as its assistant video coordinator, helping the Knights to a 20-11 record. He then returned to Richmond, and served as an assistant coach at Benedictine.
Rodriguez Coaching Career
2012-13 – UCF, Assistant Video Coordinator
2013-14 – Benedictine HS (Va.), Assistant Coach
2015-16 – Lake Howell HS (Fla.), Head Coach
2016-17 – Rice, Video Coordinator
2017-pres. – VCU, Director of Player Development