Arkansas staffer to retire from coaching to start new business
A long-time coach who most recently was an analyst at Arkansas has stepped down from coaching and will soon start a new business.
Rion Rhoades, who was the linebackers coach at Arkansas, and most recently in an off-the-field role, shared on social media that after 23 years, he is retiring from coaching football.
“I will be launching a new business in Hutchinson, Kansas on Dec. 13, 2021,” he wrote. “I am so excited for the opportunity to serve family, friends, the coaching community and the community of Hutchinson moving forward!”
Rhoades got his first opportunity at the FBS level after coaching the last 14 years as a head coach at the junior college level, including the last 13 as the head coach at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, his Arkansas bio said.
A former Hutchinson linebacker for Arkansas coach Sam Pittman in 1993, Rhoades returned to his alma mater as the head coach in 2007 after turning around a struggling Fort Scott Community College program in just one year.
Rhoades’ career record of 106-55 over 14 years as a head coach in Kansas places him as the fourth winningest coach in Kansas Jayhawk Conference history. While at Hutchinson, Rhoades guided 239 players move onto four-year programs and saw 16 of his former players selected in the NFL Draft or sign as an undrafted free agent.
— Rion Rhoades (@CoachRhoades44) August 4, 2021