J.D. Byers joined the Rice men's basketball staff as an assistant coach in April 2014 after completing three seasons at Radford in a similar position.
Byers brings eight seasons of assistant coaching experience to Rice following an outstanding collegiate playing career. Most recently, he helped turn around the program at Radford. The Highlanders won just six games in Byers' first season but greatly improved in each of his following seasons on staff, culminating with 22 wins and Radford's first postseason win in its NCAA Division I era in 2013-14.
Prior to serving at Radford, Byers spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at St. Francis (Pa.) following three seasons at Randolph-Macon College, including two years under Rhoades. The Yellow Jackets won 66 games during his time on the bench and advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four in 2010.
Upon his 2005 graduation from Lebanon Valley College, Byers spent one season at Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison as a graduate assistant before returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach for one year.
The 2005 NABC All-American and CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year honoree claimed the Jostens Trophy, given annually to the top Division III basketball student-athlete. Along with Rhoades, Byers is one of five men's basketball players to have his jersey (No. 23) retired by Lebanon Valley.
Byers graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lebanon Valley in 2005 with a degree in accounting and business administration, and earned his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson in 2008.
Byers is single and lives in Houston.
Byers Coaching Career 2005-06 - Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison, Grad. Asst. 2006-07 - Lebanon Valley, Asst. Coach 2007-10 - Randolph-Macon, Asst. Coach 2010-11 - St. Francis (Pa.), Asst. Coach 2011-14 - Radford, Asst. Coach 2014-pres. - Rice, Asst. Coach