After leading VCU to an Atlantic 10 regular-season title and a trip back to the NCAA tournament, Rams coach Mike Rhoades has received a two-year contract extension, the school announced on Friday.
Rhoades, the A-10 coach of the year, now is signed through 2025. When he was hired in March of 2017, he agreed to a six-year contract that included $1.2 million in total compensation each year.
The revised contract raises Rhoades’ total compensation to $1.5 million in 2019, $1.6 million in 2020 and $1.7 million in 2021. As part of the revision, an extra $50,000 will be put toward salaries for assistant coaches.
VCU (25-8) had a seven-win improvement this past season over Rhoades’ first season at the helm in 2017-18 (18-15). The Rams made a drastic leap in their performance on the defensive end and finished the season ranked second in the country in 3-point percentage defense (28.5), sixth in overall field goal percentage defense (38.7) and 10th in scoring defense (61.9).
The team finished regular-season A-10 play with a 12-game win streak to earn its first outright A-10 regular-season title. VCU fell to Rhode Island in the quarterfinals of the league tournament, but its résumê was strong enough to secure an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament as a No. 8 seed. It fell to UCF in the first round of the tournament.
Rhoades returned to VCU in 2017 after three seasons as the coach at Rice. Prior to that, Rhoades was on Shaka Smart’s staff at VCU from 2009 to 2014 as an assistant coach and associate head coach. He was part of the staff that led the Rams to the Final Four in 2011.
Rhoades’ first collegiate coaching job was at Division III Randolph-Macon as an assistant under longtime coach Hal Nunnally from 1996 to 1999. He then took over as head coach and served in that role for 10 years, from 1999 to 2009.
Rhoades, a Mahanoy City, Pa. native, is 287-151 overall in 15 years as a head coach.