MOREHEAD, Ky. - Matt Rhodes, who possesses more than 10 years as a personal trainer, weight lifter and coach, has been named head strength and conditioning coach at Morehead State.
"Most of all, I look forward to working with our student-athletes," Rhodes said. "I'm very excited to be a part of the Morehead State family. This is a great opportunity for me."
Rhodes served as an assistant coach at Rhode Island in 2013-14, where he supervised the strength program for men's basketball, men's track, baseball and softball.
"It became obvious after initial conversations that Matt was the right choice," said Senior Associate Athletic Director Richard Fletcher, who headed the search committee. "His enthusiasm for the field, plus his desire to see student-athletes succeed, made it apparent he would be successful in overseeing and continuing our goals of improving the strength and conditioning program."
He was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Albany (N.Y.) in 2012-13. Rhodes directed activities for women's soccer and baseball.
Rhodes also held coaching positions at Pittsburgh, Yale and Choate Rosemary Hall High School (Wallingford, Ct.).
He served as outside linebackers coach at Richmond for three seasons (1999-2001).
Rhodes was a member of the Massachusetts lacrosse program in 1995 and 1996. He transferred to Arizona and was a member of the football program in 1997 and 1998.
"Being a Division I athlete, Matt knows the everyday rigors our student-athletes face, and he can guide them in improving their overall physical condition, which in turn helps them succeed individually and helps their team succeed as well," Fletcher added.
Rhodes earned his bachelor's degree from Arizona in 1999.