Rhett Bonner begins his second season as the Director of Basketball Operations for Rice Men's Basketball. Bonner works in conjunction with the coaching staff, support staff, 3-Point Club, compliance and all other departments on campus to ensure all program-related needs are met. He is also responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations, assisting with scouting reports, scheduling, budget, fundraising, camps and student manager programs.
Under his direction, the Scott Pera Basketball Camps saw the largest team camp and day camp attendance for a given week at Rice with 66 teams and over 300 kids, respectively, in 2017.
Bonner joined the Owls after spending two years as an assistant coach at Virginia Wesleyan University, where he helped guide the Marlins to a 45-15 (75%) record overall. His 2015-16 Marlins earned a share of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference title, while in 2014-15 VWU finished 27-6, making it to the NCAA Division III Final Four for third time in program history. Bonner mentored three players to all-conference laurels, including three-time first team honoree, three-time All-Region selection and VaSID Player of the Year Khory Moore. At the end of his career, Moore became the schools second leading scorer by amassing 2,028 points, just 72 points behind Brandon Adair’s 2,100. Bonner also helped VWU bring in the largest team camp ever in 2014.
Prior to his stint at VWU, Bonner spent two years at Charlotte serving on the men's basketball staff under Alan Major and worked closely with assistant coach, and current UMBC head coach, Ryan Odom. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the video program, helping the 49ers to the 2012 Great Alaska Shootout and the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off championships. The 49ers took down Texas State, Oral Roberts and Northeastern to win the Shootout, while downing Kansas State, Northeastern and Michigan to claim the Puerto Rico title.
Bonner began his coaching career in 2011-12 under current Bucknell Head Coach Nathan Davis, spending one year at Randolph-Macon, where he helped the Yellow Jackets to a 21-7 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
A standout player in his own right, Bonner was a two-time All-ODAC player at Guilford College from 2007-10, leading the program to an 87% winning percentage in his three years. He finished his career with over 1,000 points, and currently ranks first in the Guilford record book in free-throw percentage (.854), third in three-point percentage (.402) and fifth in three-point field goals made (168). During his time, the Quakers made an appearance in three NCAA Tournaments, including back-to-back Division III Final Fours. He was also a part of a program that led Division III in wins and had the eighth-best winning percentage (85%) among all NCAA divisions over a four-year period.
Following graduation, Bonner spent a year playing for the Washington Generals, the team that competes against the Harlem Globetrotters. During his time with the Generals he competed in 22 countries.
Bonner and his wife, Maggie, reside in Houston with their daughter, Kendall.