Rick Rhoades

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Rick Rhoades
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1947-01-16) January 16, 1947 (age 70)
Playing career
1965–1969 Central Missouri State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972 Handley HS (AL)
1973–1975 Jefferson Davis HS (AL) (assistant)
1976 Mountain Brook HS (AL)
1977 Davidson HS (AL)
1980 Andalusia HS (AL)
1981–1982 North Alabama (OC)
1983–1984 Troy State (DC)
1985–1987 Troy State
1988 Southern Illinois
1989 Alabama (OL)
1990–1992 Kentucky (OC)
1993–1994 Nicholls State
1995 Stephen F. Austin (LB)
1996–2000 Pelham HS (AL)
2001 Birmingham Thunderbolts (OL)
2002–2006 Delta State
2007–2011 Graz Giants
2012 Carlstad Crusaders
2013 La Courneuve Flash
2015–present KDS DAR HS (AL) (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall 78–48–1 (college)
Tournaments 7–2 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
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.

Coaching career[edit]

Rhoades was head coach at Troy State University from 1985 to 1987. In 1987, he led the team to the NCAA Division II Football Championship. He was also head coach at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1988. From 1993 to 1994, Rhoades was 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.[1] Rhoades was head coach at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi 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.[2]

Between head coaching positions at SIU and Nicholls State, Rhoades served as an offensive line coach at the University of Alabama in 1989[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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 where he has an overall record 69–34–1.[6] He began his coaching career as head football coach at Handley High School in Roanoke, Alabama in 1972. From 1973 to 1975, he was an assistant football coach at Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1976, he accepted the head coaching position at Mountain Brook High School in Mountain Brook, Alabama, where he guided the Mountain Brook Spartans to a 14–0 record and a state title. During the 1977 season, he became head coach at Davidson High School in Mobile, Alabama. In 1980, he was named head coach at Andalusia High School in Andalusia, Alabama where he spent one season. In 1996, he returned to high school football as 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).

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Troy State Trojans (Gulf South Conference) (1985–1987)
1985 Troy State 6–4 6–2 3rd
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
Troy State: 28–7–1 22–2
Southern Illinois Salukis (Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1988)
1988 Southern Illinois 4–7 2–4 5th
Southern Illinois: 4–7 2–4
Nicholls State Colonels (Southland Conference) (1993–1994)
1993 Nicholls State 3–8 2–5 T–5th
1994 Nicholls State 5–6 1–5 T–5th
Nicholls State: 8–14 3–10
Delta State Statesmen (Gulf South Conference) (2002–2006)
2002 Delta State 4–7 4–5 7th
2003 Delta State 9–2 7–2 T–3rd
2004 Delta State 6–4 6–3 T–3rd
2005 Delta State 7–4 6–3 T–5th
2006 Delta State 12–3 7–1 2nd L NCAA Division II Semifinal
Delta State: 38–20 30–14
Total: 78–48–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


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