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Rick Rhoades

Rick Rhoades
Sport(s) Football
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
North Alabama (OC)
Troy (DC)
Southern Illinois
Alabama (QB)
Kentucky (OC)
Nicholls State
Stephen F. Austin (LB)
Birmingham Thunderbolts (XFL)
Delta State
Graz Giants (Austria)
Carlstad Crusaders (Sweden)
La Courneuve Flash (France)
Head coaching record
Overall 78-48-1
College Football Data Warehouse

Rick Rhoades is the former head football coach at Troy University from 1985 to 1987. There he coached the Trojans to the 1987 NCAA Division II National Championship.[1] In 1988, he became the 16th head football coach for the Southern Illinois Salukis in Carbondale, Illinois and held that position for one season. His overall coaching record at SIU was 4 wins, 7 losses, and 0 ties. This ranks him 13th at SIU in terms of total wins and 12th at SIU in terms of winning percentage.

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.[2] Rhoades next collegiate head coaching job was at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. He held the position from 2002-2006 and had a record of 38-20. In his final season, he led Delta State to the Division II national semifinals.[3]

Between head coaching positions at SIU and Nicholls State, Rhoades served as quarterbacks coach at the University of Alabama in 1989 and offensive coordinator at the University of Kentucky from 1990-1992 under coach Bill Curry. He was also offensive coordinator at North Alabama (1981-1982) and defensive coordinator at Troy (1983-1984) with the 1984 team capturing the 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 2007-2011, 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 also has experience coaching at the high school level. He was head football coach at Pelham (Ala.) High School where he posted a 41-19 record and five playoff appearances in five years (1996-2000). Other prep stops include Jeff Davis (Ala.) High School and Mountain Brook (Ala.) High School, where he guided the Mountain Brook Spartans to a 14-0 record and a state title in 1976.

He was the head coach of the La Courneuve Flash in France until late April 2013.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
Troy University (Gulf South Conference) (1985–1987)
1985 Troy University 6–4
1986 Troy University 10–2
1987 Troy University 12–1-1 Division II National Champion 1
Troy University: 28–7-1
Southern Illinois (Gateway Conference) (1988–1988)
1988 Southern Illinois 4–7
Southern Illinois: 4–7
Nicholls State (Southland Conference) (1993–1994)
1993 Nicholls State 3-8
1994 Nicholls State 5-6
Nicholls State: 8–14
Delta State University (Gulf South Conference) (2002–2006)
2002 Delta State 4–7
2003 Delta State 9–2
2004 Delta State 6–4
2005 Delta State 7–4
2006 Delta State 12–3 National Semifinals
Delta State: 38–20
Total: 78–48-1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Sports Network poll.

External links

  • XFL bio
  • European Football bio


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