Former VCU assistant Mike Rhoades has accepted the head coaching position with the Rams, Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reports:
UPDATE: I'm told it's done. Mike Rhoades will be VCU's next coach. https://t.co/RQMSKVjCjA— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) March 21, 2017
While at VCU from 2009-14, Rhoades was considered one of Shaka Smart’s top recruiters and was a key piece to the team’s run to the Final Four in 2011.
Rhoades has spent the last three seasons as head coach at Rice. During his three seasons, Rhoades compiled a 47-52 record, but engineered a tremendous turnaround this season. The Owls’ 23 wins in 2016-17 is the most program’s most since 1953-54, and their appearance in the CBI was their first postseason tournament since reaching the NIT in 2005. Rice also finished above .500 (11-7) in conference for the first time since joining Conference USA in 2006, and had three players reach 1,000 career points this season.
Rhoades will replace Will Wade, who was named head coach at LSU on Monday night. Wade brought the Rams to the NCAA Tournament in both his seasons as head coach, and VCU won a share of the Atlantic 10 championship in 2015-16.