RICHMOND, Va. – As an integral part of the coaching staff, Mike Rhoades has been a part of one of the most prestigious eras in VCU basketball history, but his achievements with the Rams are just a minimal part of his resume as the Mahanoy City, Pa. native boasts quite a successful playing career.
Rhoades, a 1995 graduate of Lebanon Valley College, was recognized for his outstanding playing career this past weekend when he was inducted into the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame was established last year on the 100th anniversary of the conference, with Rhoades induction coming on its second year of existence.
While with the Dutchman he was named USA Today National Player of the Year in 1995 and was a two-time all-American. In 1994 Rhoades was a member of the only national championship in Lebanon Valley College basketball history. When he graduated in 1995 Rhoades left as the all-time leading scorer in school history. Rhoades still holds school records in free-throw percentage (84.5%), assists (668) and steals (212).
Since arriving at VCU in 2009 with Head Coach Shaka Smart, Rhoades and company have racked up 111 wins. In that span the Rams have won a game in each of the last three NCAA tournaments, including the Black & Gold's magical run to the Final Four in 2011.