Mike Rhoades was named the 12th head coach in VCU history on March 21, 2017. It's Rhoades' second go-around with the Rams. As an assistant and associate head coach with VCU from 2009-14, he helped the Rams kick off an unprecedented run of seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances. He’s already set the Rams on a course to reach greater heights.
In just his second season, Rhoades led the Rams back to the NCAA Tournament, as well as their first Atlantic 10 Conference outright regular season championship. VCU’s 25 total wins and 16 conference wins tied program regular-season marks. For his efforts, he was named Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year, Richmond Times-Dispatch State Coach of the Year, as well as a finalist for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award. In two seasons, three Rams have been named to All-Atlantic 10 Conference Teams, including first team selections Marcus Evans and Justin Tillman.
Rhoades' debut campaign as VCU head coach in 2017-18 produced 18 wins and the program's 18th consecutive winning season. Under his tutelage, Tillman blossomed into a First Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference performer. Tillman also captured All-District honors, as well as the Richmond Times-Dispatch's State College Player of the Year award.
Prior to returning to Richmond, Rhoades engineered a stunning turnaround at Rice. As head coach of the Owls from 2014-17, Rhoades led Rice to its first 20-win campaign since 2003-04 and the program’s first postseason appearance since 2011-12. Rice’s 23-12 mark in 2016-17 was an 11-win improvement over the 2015-16 season and the 23 wins were the second-most in Owls history. Rice advanced to the second round of the College Basketball Invitational.
Rhoades assumed the reigns at Rice in 2014-15 and led the school to an immediate five-win improvement. The Owls were a combined 12-49 in the two seasons prior to his arrival.
An astute eye for talent, Rhoades recruited Conference USA Rookie of the Year and 2016-17 First Team selection Evans, a Chesapeake, Va., native and landed Arizona State transfer Egor Koulechov, who ranked fifth in C-USA in scoring in 2016-17, two players who helped spark Rice’s dramatic turnaround.
In 15 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Rhoades has produced a 287-151 record, a winning percentage of .656.
Rhoades’ ties to Central Virginia date back 20 years, including his five seasons at VCU. Rhoades was integral in recruiting and developing the players that would lead the Rams to a historic Final Four appearance in 2010-11. During his tenure, VCU reached the NCAA Tournament four times and appeared in the postseason all five years. The Rams were 137-46 during that period and won the 2012 CAA Championship.
As a Ram, Rhoades recruited and molded elite-level talent. He played a pivotal role in the signing and development of future NBA players Briante Weber, Treveon Graham and Troy Daniels during his stint on Broad Street, and numerous others have enjoyed successful professional careers overseas.
In 2012, after VCU toppled Wichita State in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, Rhoades was named one of the top 10 assistant coaches under 40 in the country by ESPN.com.
Prior to his VCU tenure, Rhoades enjoyed a wildly successful run at Division III Randolph-Macon in Ashland, Va. In 10 seasons as head coach of the Yellow Jackets, Rhoades compiled a 197-76 record (.722 win percentage) and led RMC to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including trips to the Sweet 16 in 2002 and 2003.
Rhoades' teams won six Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championships and earned national No. 1 rankings in two seasons. He was named ODAC Coach of the Year in three straight seasons from 2001-03, coached three ODAC Players of the Year, five ODAC Freshmen of the Year, as well as 17 First and Second Team All-ODAC selections. In 2003, he was named NABC South District Coach of the Year and State Coach of the Year by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He began his coaching career at age 23 as an assistant at Randolph-Macon in 1996 under long-time head coach Hal Nunnally. The Yellow Jackets posted winning records in all three seasons with Rhoades on staff before he was elevated to head coach in 1999 at age 25.
Rhoades played collegiately under coaches Pat Flannery and Brad McAlester at Lebanon Valley College in his home state of Pennsylvania, and led his squad to a 66-59 overtime win over NYU in the 1994 NCAA Division III National Championship Game. The entire team was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2014, the 20th anniversary of the title.
The guard was named USA Today D-III National Player of the Year in 1995 and twice earned All-America honors. He graduated with a degree in history in 1995. He left as the school's all-time scoring leader and still holds Lebanon Valley records in free-throw percentage (.845), assists (668) and steals (212). His No. 5 jersey was later retired.
Rhoades also earned his masters from VCU’s Center for Sport Leadership in 2002.
The Mahanoy City, Pa. native and his wife Jodie have two sons, Logan, and Chase, and one daughter, Porter.
The Rhoades File
Hometown: Mahanoy City, Pa.
High School: Mahanoy Area
College: Lebanon Valley College (Pa.), 1995 (History); VCU Center for Sport Leadership 2002
Family: Wife - Jodie; Sons - Logan and Chase; Daughter – Porter
1991-95, Lebanon Valley College
1996-99, Assistant Coach, Randolph-Macon College
1999-2009, Head Coach, Randolph-Macon College (197-76)
2009-11, Assistant Coach, VCU
2011-14, Associate Head Coach, VCU
2014-17, Head Coach, Rice (47-52)
2017-present, Head Coach, VCU (43-23)