Mike Rhoades

Mike Rhoades (born September 21, 1972)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Penn State Nittany Lions
Current conference: Big Ten Conference
Randolph-Macon record: 197–76 (.722)
Rice record: 47-52 (.475)
VCU record: 129-61 (.679)
Penn State record: 16-17 (.485)
Overall record^: 389-206 (.654)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2023-present Penn State
2017-2023 VCU
2014-2017 Rice
2011-2014 VCU (assoc. HC)
2009-2011 VCU (asst)
1999-2009 Randolph-Macon
1996-1999 Randolph-Macon (asst)

Mike Rhoades Facts

  • Michael David Rhoades
  • Born September 21, 1972
  • Hometown: Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: Lebanon Valley College (BA, 1995)
  • His father was the late James J. Rhoades, a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1981 until his death in 2008
  • Played for head coaches Pat Flannery (1991-94) and Brad McAlester (1994-95) at D-III Lebanon Valley (PA)
    • Earned All-America honors twice and named D-III National POY in 1995 by USA Today
    • The 1993-94 Flying Dutchmen team won the NCAA D-III national title and Rhoades was named co-Most Outstanding Player
    • Spent one year playing professionally in France after graduating
  • First coaching job was a three-year stint as an assistant at D-III Randolph-Macon (VA) under Hal Nunnally
  • Became head coach there in 1999; went 197-76 in 10 years, winning four ODAC titles and twice reaching the D-III Sweet Sixteen
  • Joined Shaka Smart‘s first VCU staff as an assistant in 2009; promoted to associate head coach in 2011
  • Hired in March 2014 to be the new head coach at Rice University
    • Led the Owls to the 2017 CBI, winning 23 games after inheriting a team that had lost 23 games the year before
  • Returned to VCU in March 2017 when he was hired as the Rams’ new head coach
    • Claimed the 2019 Atlantic 10 regular season title in his second season, earning A-10 COY honors and a NCAA bid
    • Reached the NCAA Tournament again in 2021 as a 10-seed, but the team’s First Round game against 7-seed Oregon was cancelled due to a positive COVID-19 test (ruled a “No Contest”)
    • In 2023, the Rams were outright Atlantic 10 champions and also won the Atlantic 10 Tournament to get back to the NCAAT
  • Left VCU in March 2023 to be the head coach at Penn State, his first coaching job in his home state

Mike Rhoades Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions both the NCAA Division I and Division III levels