RICHMOND (WRIC) - VCU Assistant Basketball Coach Mike Rhoades is leaving the team to be the new coach of the Rice Owls in Houston.
Before joining the VCU staff in 2009, Rhoades was the head coach of the Randolph-Macon basketball team for 10 years. He takes his new job at Rice after guiding many local teams to big time success.
Rhoades' time at VCU was full of success helping to guide the Rams to three straight NCAA Tournaments - including the Final Four in 2011.
"To take it to a next level… to get to a Final Four... You hope for that to happen but to experience it.." he says.
But before he was coaching the rams to wreak havoc, he was the head coach of the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets from 1999 to 2009.
He broke into coaching with current Macon Head Coach Nathan Davis.
"I don't think a guy has worked harder to get this opportunity," Davis days. "I think it's a great chance to show what he is capable of. He's a great coach and even better person."
Macon's basketball court is decked out with Rhoades' record and banners of his achievements, which include four Division 3 tournaments.
"Those things are hard to win. But he was a consistent contender all the time. Those things are challenging."
At VCU, Rhoades was known an intense coach who helped with the team's half-court defense.
While Rams Head Coach Shaka Smart can claim much of VCU's recent success, he's a had a good supporting cast that includes Rhoades.
"The best part of it was Shaka expected his coaches to be a huge part of it every day," Rhoades says. "It was on the job training for me to be a head coach."
Rhoades is expected to be formally announced as the new coach of Rice on Thursday. As for VCU, it's not yet clear who will replace Rhoades.Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond Related Stories: