RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) –Virginia Commonwealth University introduced Mike Rhoades as its new head basketball coach Wednesday morning. Rhoades is the former VCU assistant and Randolph-Macon Head Coach.
Louisiana State announced around 11 p.m. Monday that now former VCU basketball coach Will Wade had officially accepted the LSU Tigers’ offer to become their coach, and less than 24 hours later, the Rams announced Wade’s replacement.
Rhoades was believed to be the runner-up to Wade after Shaka Smart left for Texas in 2015. Rhoades served as an assistant on Smart’s staff from 2009-2014, including the magical 2011 run to the Final Four. Prior to his time at VCU, Rhoades was the head coach at Randolph-Macon College (Ashland) for ten seasons. He led the Yellow Jackets to four NCAA Tournament appearances and two Sweet 16s. Randolph-Macon was 197-76 in Rhoades’s ten seasons there.
Rhoades has been the head coach at Rice University (Houston) for the past three seasons.
The following is additional information directly from VCU: