University of Missouri assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Lance Rhodes is the new head coach of the SIU Baseball program.
Rhodes has led turnarounds at Mizzou and Southeast Missouri State in the last seven years, where he was an assistant under Steve Bieser.
"This is a big day for our baseball program," SIU Director of Athletics Jerry Kill said. "We landed a proven guy and a great fit in Lance Rhodes. You talk to a lot of candidates who have specialized, but he has coached everything in baseball. He has done it all. In the hierarchy of young coaches, he was one of the most sought-after assistants in the country. He brings a lot of things to the table, but the No. 1 thing: He can flat-out recruit. That's a big part of being successful, and he's had great success at every place he's been."
"My family and I are beyond excited to join SIU and the Carbondale community, and I want to thank Coach Kill for entrusting me with this storied program," Rhodes said. "Our staff will be dedicated to student-athlete success academically, socially and athletically. Our program will be committed to disciplined thoughts and actions in our pursuit of Missouri Valley Conference championships."
A proven recruiter, Rhodes has earned national recognition for his recruiting classes at Mizzou, pulling in top-35 ranked classes in each of his three seasons. His 2019 recruiting class was ranked No. 17 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball.
Rhodes has also developed that talent into highly successful players, coaching three OVC Pitchers of the Year, two conference players of the year, 28 MLB draft picks, two Freshman All-Americans and two Academic All-Americans — all in the last 10 years.
At 34, Rhodes continues Kill's hiring of young head coaches in their 30's. The list includes Bryan Mullins to lead the men's basketball program, Danielle Kaufman for women's golf and Rosalind Joseph to head up the Track and Field and Cross Country programs.
Rhodes replaces Ken Henderson, who stepped down on June 3rd.