DU men's assistant's speech highlights annual fund-raiser
Dukes, Bobcats to square off Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Men's basketball assistant coach John Rhodes sits down with Jay Spinks in the latest Dukes 1-On-1.
Duquesne 79, Saint Louis 66
Duquesne 81, Howard 63
Duquesne 83, St. Bonaventure 81
Duquesne 79, Appalachian State 55
Xavier 73, Duquesne 65
Rhodes brings 19 years of college coaching experience - and eight seasons of professional playing experience - to the Bluff.
Ohio Northern, which finished in the upper division of the Division III Ohio Athletic Conference in 2010 and 2011, reached the semifinal of the 2012 postseason tournament under Rhodes who went 39-41 in his three seasons at the Ada, Ohio school.
Prior to accepting the head coaching position at Ohio Northern, Rhodes spent one season as an assistant to Bill Coen at Northeastern, helping the Huskies to a 19-13 record and third place finish in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Rhodes spent nine years as an assistant at his alma mater, Ohio University, from 1999-08 under both Larry Hunter and Tim O'Shea. He began as an assistant under Hunter before being named associate head coach by O'Shea prior to the 2004-05 season.
While at Ohio, Rhodes helped the Bobcats post seven winning seasons, including four in a row from 2004-08.
Ohio made the postseason twice during Rhodes' tenure, winning the Mid-American Conference Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 2004-05 and earning a spot in the inaugural College Basketball Invitational in 2007-08.
In his nine seasons in Athens, Ohio, Rhodes helped produce seven all-conference forwards, including three-time first-team All-MAC selection Brandon Hunter, who was the Boston Celtics' second-round draft pick in 2003.
Prior to joining the Bobcats, Rhodes was an assistant for two years at Atlantic 10 member St. Bonaventure under Jim Baron. While at SBU, Rhodes worked on the same staff as DU associate head coach Brian Nash. Rhodes launched his coaching career at then-Division II North Florida in 1996-97.
Before coaching, Rhodes played professional basketball in Europe for eight years, making stops in Germany (1988-89), France (1989-91) and Iceland (1991-96).
In 1992, he was named the Icelandic Basketball League's Most Valuable Player, and in 1993, he earned the Athlete of the Year Award from the city of Hafnarfjordur. Rhodes also coached youth basketball clubs in Iceland and was the head coach of the I.R. Club Team in Reykjavik from 1994-96.
Rhodes was a four-year letterman for Ohio from 1984-88 where he played for both Danny Nee and Billy Hahn. A star center for the Bobcats, Rhodes served as team captain was named second-team All-MAC his senior year. He was a member of Ohio's 1985 NCAA tournament team as a freshman.
A Milwaukee native, Rhodes graduated from Ohio in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in journalism/public relations. He and his wife Jackie have two children, Alexis and Kristopher.
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