|Born||January 16, 1947|
|1965–1969||Central Missouri State|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|North Alabama (OC)
Troy State (DC)
Stephen F. Austin (LB)
Pelham HS (AL)
Birmingham Thunderbolts (OL)
La Courneuve Flash
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||7–2 (NCAA D-II playoffs)|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
1 NCAA Division II National (1987)
2 GSC (1986–1987)
Rick Rhoades (born January 16, 1947) is an American football coach who has worked at the high school, college, and professional levels. He served as the head football coach at Troy State University—now Troy University—from 1985 to 1987, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1988, at Nicholls State University from 1993 to 1994, and at Delta State University from 2002 to 2006. At Troy State he led the Trojans to the NCAA Division II Football Championship in 1987.
In 1993, Rhoades became head coach at Nicholls State University. In his first year at Nicholls State, the team went 3–8. In his second year, the team improved to 5–6 for an overall record of 8–14 at the school. While at Nicholls State, Rhoades installed the "Stack-I" offense. It accounted for 11 school records the first season and the Colonels were ranked ninth in the nation in rushing the second year using the system. Rhoades next collegiate head coaching job was at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. He held the position from 2002 to 2006 and had a record of 38–20. In his final season, he led Delta State to the NCAA Division II national semifinals.
Between head coaching positions at SIU and Nicholls State, Rhoades served as offensive line coach at the University of Alabama in 1989 and offensive coordinator at the University of Kentucky from 1990 to 1992 under coach Bill Curry. He was also offensive coordinator at the University of North Alabama (1981–1982) and defensive coordinator at Troy (1983–1984) with the 1984 team capturing the NCAA Division II National Championship. He also served one year as linebackers coach at Stephen F. Austin University (1995).
Rhoades has experience in professional football as the offensive line coach for the Birmingham Thunderbolts of the XFL in 2001. From 2007 to 2011, Rhoades was head coach of the Graz Giants in the Austrian Football League. Since 2007, the Giants have reached the Austrian Bowl every year winning it in 2008. That same year the Giants won the EFAF Cup. Under Rhoades guidance the Giants reached the Eurobowl semifinals four times. He was also the head coach of the Austrian national team for two years, guiding the team to a second place finish in the European championships in 2010 and a seventh place finish in the World Championships. Rhoades was the head coach of the La Courneuve Flash in France until April 2013.
Rhoades also has experience coaching at the high school level. He was head football coach at Pelham High School in Pelham, Alabama, where he posted a 41–19 record and five playoff appearances in five years (1996–2000). Other prep stops include Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery, Alabama and Mountain Brook High School in Mountain Brook, Alabama, where he guided the Mountain Brook Spartans to a 14–0 record and a state title in 1976.
Head coaching record
|Troy State Trojans (Gulf South Conference) (1985–1987)|
|1986||Troy State||10–2||8–0||1st||L NCAA Division II Semifinal|
|1987||Troy State||12–1–1||8–0||1st||W NCAA Division II Championship|
|Southern Illinois Salukis (Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1988)|
|Nicholls State Colonels (Southland Conference) (1993–1994)|
|Delta State (Gulf South Conference) (2002–2006)|
|2006||Delta State||12–3||7–1||2nd||L NCAA Division II Semifinal|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|