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XFL Birmingham Bolts Personnel: Rick Rhoades
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Rick Rhoades
Offensive Line Coach

Rick Rhoades, who works with the Birmingham offensive line, brings 30 years of championship coaching experience to the staff of the Thunderbolts. Included in those 30 years are a proven history of championships and playoff appearances.

A 17-year veteran of the college coaching ranks, Rhoades helped guide Troy State University to a pair of NCAA Division II national championships, in 1984 as the defensive coordinator and again in 1987 as the head coach. Rhoades was also the head coach at Southern Illinois and Nicholls State. Other collegiate assistant stops include Alabama, Kentucky, Stephen F. Austin and North Alabama.

Rhoades also has 13 years high school coaching experience, coming to the Thunderbolts from Pelham High School where he posted a 41-19 record and five playoff appearances in five years. Other prep stops include Jeff Davis (Ala.) High School and Mountain Brook (Ala.) High School, where he guided the Spartans to a 14-0 record and a state title in 1976.

A 1970 Central Missouri State graduate, Rhoades has compiled a 114-63-3 record as a head coach and a 216-110-5 overall record. He earned his Masters degree in 1975 from Troy State.

Rhoades, 54, and his wife Elizabeth, are the parents of two grown sons. Robert Vincent (25) is an assistant football coach at Tusculum College and John Michael (20) is a licensed pilot.

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