Brooke Rhodes was promoted to associate head coach in the summer of 2019 and begins her second season as the team’s recruiting coordinator in the fall of 2019.
In her first year with the program, she worked with post players, most notably Salina Virola. The senior saw career highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals. Virola recorded her program-best ninth double-double of the season (18 pts, 18 rbs) during the first round of the Big South Tournament, a road win over Winthrop, to reach a program-best 10 in her career. She also oversaw the addition of seven impactful newcomers for 2019-20.
Rhodes spent the previous two seasons at Jones County Junior College where she helped coach the Bobcats to a 56-6 (.903) record over that span. The team won back-to-back MACJC State Championships as well as back-to-back NJCAA Region 23 Championships. In 2016, the Bobcats made their first ever National Tournament appearance and advanced to the Elite Eight. In 2017, the team returned to the Tournament and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. During her tenure, Rhodes was selected to coach in the 2017 NJCAA All-Star Game as well as the 2018 MACJC Sophomore All-Star Game.
Prior to her time at JCJC, Rhodes spent one season at the University of Central Arkansas where she helped guide the Bears to an overall record of 28-3, a Southland Conference tournament championship and the program’s first DI NCAA Tournament berth. That season, UCA set program records for regular-season wins (28) and Southland Conference wins (16) while going undefeated on the road in conference play for the first time in program history.
The Pelahatchie, Mississippi, native had a successful playing career at Southern Miss and Delta State in which her teams went a combined 96-32 (.744). A team captain on a 25-win, WNIT Elite Eight team at Southern Miss in 2014-15, Rhodes finished the season ranked 2nd in the Conference USA and among the national Top-40 in 3-point field goal percentage.
A prolific shooter throughout her career, Rhodes – a Daktronics All-South Region selection in 2012 – finished her time in uniform with averages of 36.7 percent from 3-point range and 81.3 percent at the free throw line. In high school she was a Dandy Dozen selection and a two-time statewide Player of the Year at East Rankin.
Rhodes earned her undergraduate degree in biological sciences, as well as a chemistry minor, from Southern Miss in 2014. She also completed a master's at USM in sports coaching education in 2016.