By: Tim Andrzejewski (email@example.com)
HOUSTON— Rice head coach Mike Rhoades has announced the addition of Joey Rodriguez to the coaching staff as video coordinator. Rodriguez joins the Owls after spending last year as head coach of Lake Howell (Fla.) High School.
“We’re fired up to have Joey as part of our program and our family,” said Rice head coach Mike Rhoades. “He knows what it takes to be a great player and a leader who can really help move our program forward. He and I had a great bond at VCU as we worked together en route to the 2011 Final Four.”
Rodriguez spent his collegiate years at VCU from 2007-11, playing for Rhoades in his final two years. He was the catalyst during VCU’s 2011 run to the Final Four, averaging 10.4 points and 3.2 rebounds while leading the team with 208 assists and 61 steals. In leading the 11th-seeded Rams to five tournament victories, he averaged 9.0 points and 7.7 assists in 34.8 minutes per game. He finished his career with 1,362 points while placing second in school history with 237 career steals and third with 580 career assists.
“I’m really excited to be here,” said Rodriguez. “I always looked up to Coach Rhoades when he coached me at VCU. I know what he’s about. The opportunity to come here, help the players grow on and off the court, and get things rolling really excites me.”
After VCU, Rodriguez played professionally in Puerto Rico and Turkey.
The Winter Park, Fla., native got his start in coaching at UCF, spending the 2012-13 season as its Assistant Video Coordinator, helping the Knights to a 20-11 record. He then returned to Richmond, Va., serving as an assistant coach at Benedictine College Prep. Last year, Rodriguez served as a head coach at his alma mater, Lake Howell (Fla.) High School.
Added Rhoades, “Joey will assist us in all facets of our program. The No. 1 thing is to help our players move forward both on and off the court. We’re really excited to have him. What he brought to his playing career, he will bring to his coaching career. We will push him hard to help him achieve his goal of being an assistant coach. He is pursuing that dream and we are really excited to see him work with our players.”