News: VCU hires former assistant Mike Rhoades as men’s basketball coach

After the Rams loss to St. Mary’s College in the NCAA tournament last week, Ram Nation found themselves in a familiar position, waiting to see if the coaching carousel would swing ’round one more time on Broad St.

Late Monday night, news broke that VCU men’s basketball coach, Will Wade, accepted an offer for the same position at Louisiana State University.

After hot stepping through the 5 stages of the grieving process in record time, VCU fans and alumni made it known who they wanted at the helm of VCU basketball.

Their voices were heard and answered, as Athletic Director, Ed McLaughlin, announced that former VCU assistant, Mike Rhoades, is the next coach for VCU men’s basketball.

Rhoades was an assistant from 2009 to 2014 under Shaka Smart, including during VCU’s run to the Final Four in 2011.

The Pennsylvania native is very familiar with basketball in Central Virginia. He coached at Randolph Macon College from 1999 to 2009, where he helped RMC win 4 consecutive 1st place finishes in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) from 2001 to 2005.

Rhoades left VCU in 2014 to accept the head coaching position at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Rhoades took them from a 12 win season to a 23 win season during his three seasons there.

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Michael Hagan is a '04 VCU Graduate (Mass Comm) and a lifelong Richmonder. He also is a full time commercial & video producer. His favorite VCU ...
  • Joe Marolla
  • March 21, 2017
Mike Rhoades is a high quality coach and more importantly a high quality person. I knew MIke as one of my students in the early 2000's and he was both an exceptional student and coach at the time. He is a family man who will bring stability and success to VCU. I personally saw him practice with the team at the Final Four and if any of you could have seen that you would realize the exceptional and special person who is coming back to VCU. Ask any of the former players who played under MIke as a coach and I am sure they will say nothing but positive things and excitement about bringing Mike back to the Stu. Now if we can hold onto our current players and the recruiting class we all will be in for a treat nest year. Welcome back Mike!!!!!!!!
  • Arlene DeHaven-Damron
  • March 21, 2017
We'll, you make me feel a lot better about things. I'm now really excited about seeing our Rams next year.
  • Patrick Grover
  • March 21, 2017
Welcome Home Coach Rhoades!!
  • Dennis Vavra
  • March 21, 2017
Rice lost a great coach, and VCU got what they have been missing.
  • Al Parks
  • March 22, 2017
What a possible back court next year with Evans and Batts. Evans just might want to come back to Virginia.