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Mike Rhoades signs two-year contract extension

via VCUAthletics.com

VCU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mike Rhoades has signed a two-year contract extension, Vice President and Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin announced Thursday.

“Coach Rhoades did an exceptional job with our young team this season under very unusual circumstances. Sustainable success in any business requires continuity in leadership, but especially in college athletics. We have an exciting, talented team with a bright future, and we want to make sure Coach Rhoades leads our program for years to come,” McLaughlin said.

Thursday’s extension adds two years to Rhoades’ existing contract and runs through the 2026-27 season.

“I appreciate Dr. Rao and Ed McLaughlin for their leadership, and the extension, to keep our program moving forward,” Rhoades said. “It’s an honor to be the coach at VCU, and I never take it for granted. I’m excited to continue to build this the right way, by investing in great people and players. I’m excited to help our guys move forward.”

A native of Mahanoy, Pa., Rhoades is set to enter his fifth season at the helm of the VCU program in 2021-22. He has forged an 80-43 record with the Rams and has led the Black and Gold to NCAA at-large berths in 2019 and 2021. His 2019 squad captured the outright Atlantic 10 Conference regular season championship.

Rhoades previously served as head coach at Rice, where he led a remarkable turnaround from 2014-17, and Randolph-Macon, where he won nearly 200 games and claimed four NCAA appearances from 1999-2009. Two of his RMC teams reached the NCAA Division III Sweet 16. Additionally, Rhoades served as an assistant coach and associate head coach at VCU from 2009-14, and helped lead the Rams to the Final Four in 2011. Overall, Rhoades is 324-171 in 17 seasons as a head coach.

Matt has been reporting on VCU sports for the past 12 years. He is also a graduate of VCU (BS in Information Systems, 2004, Executive MS in Informatio...

N Mollen

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I’m surprised it took so long to announce this. I was told this had been agreed upon about a month ago.
It is kind of odd it took so long to announce, but his deal was done some time ago. Maybe they were waiting to ensure that his assistants were all taken care of?
 

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My guess would be that it was a recruiting dead period when the agreement was made and they wanted to wait an have the announcement fresh when the coaches were hitting the road to see recruits play.

Or the new contract had to work its way through legal and through university approval mechanisms.
 

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My guess would be that it was a recruiting dead period when the agreement was made and they wanted to wait an have the announcement fresh when the coaches were hitting the road to see recruits play.

Or the new contract had to work its way through legal and through university approval mechanisms.

It was (b), had to work its way thru. Agreed in principal a while back, but some details take more than one look.
Not an unexpected announcement since you always want your coach's contract running past the eligibility of the players you are recruiting.
 

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It was (b), had to work its way thru. Agreed in principal a while back, but some details take more than one look.
Not an unexpected announcement since you always want your coach's contract running past the eligibility of the players you are recruiting.

I'm sure the new fiscal year starting July 1st also played into it taking this long to announce.
 
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