Rod Strickland

Rod Strickland (born July 11, 1966)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: LIU Sharks
Current conference: Northeast Conference (NEC)
LIU record: 10-48 (.172)
Overall record: 10-48 (.172)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2022-present LIU
2014-2017 South Florida (asst)
2009-2014 Kentucky (special asst. to the HC)
2008-2009 Memphis (DBO)
2006-2008 Memphis (DPD)

Rod Strickland Facts

  • Rodney Strickland
  • Born July 11, 1966
  • Hometown: The Bronx, New York
  • Alma Mater: DePaul University (1985-88) / Northeastern Illinois University (BA, 2013)
  • The Bronx-native starred at Truman HS (NY) before transferring to Oak Hill Academy (VA); was a Parade All-American as a senior in 1985
    • In 2008, Strickland was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Played for three seasons at DePaul for head coach Joey Meyer; reached the NCAA Tournament all three years with two Sweet Sixteens
  • Selected 19th overall in the 1988 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks, kicking off a 17-year career in the league
    • Played for the Knicks (1988-90), Spurs (1990-92), Trail Blazers (1992-96, 2001), Wizards (1996-2001), Heat (2001-02), Timberwolves (2002-03), Magic (2003-04), Raptors (2004) and Rockets (2005)
    • Head coaches that Strickland played for include Rick Pitino, Stu Jackson, Larry Brown, Rick Adelman, P. J. Carlesimo, Jim Lynam, Bernie Bickerstaff, Gar Heard, Leonard Hamilton, Mike Dunleavy, Pat Riley, Flip Saunders, Johnny Davis, Kevin O’Neill and Jeff Van Gundy
    • Strickland was All-Rookie Second-Team in 1989, All-NBA Second-Team in 1998 and led the league in assists in 1998
    • Played in the Playoffs eleven times but only moved past the First Round twice, his first two years in the league
    • Retired in 2005 having scored 14,463 points, grabbed 4,084 rebounds and dished 7,987 assists in his career
  • Began his coaching career in 2006, joining John Calipari‘s staff at Memphis as the DPD; two years later he was elevated to DBO
    • When Calipari left Memphis for Kentucky, Strickland followed and spent five seasons as special assistant to the head coach at UK
    • In eight total seasons on Calipari‘s staff, he was part of seven NCAA Tournaments – he was on the Memphis staff in 2008 when the Tigers were National Runner-Up (later vacated) and he won a National Championship four years later (2012) with Kentucky
  • Left Lexington for South Florida in 2014 to join the staff of fellow Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua as an assistant coach
  • In 2018, Strickland began working with the NBA’s G League Ignite exhibition team that features a mix of veteran players and top prospects that are looking for an alternative to playing college basketball
  • Returned to the college game in 2022, when he was hired to be the new head coach of the LIU Sharks

Rod Strickland Coaching Tree

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