Rodney Rogan led the Millsaps men on a deep run in the NCAA Tournament more than a decade ago. Now he'll try to do the same with the Rhodes women as their head coach.
Rhodes Athletic Director Matt Dean announced the hire.
"Rodney is the perfect coach to lead our young team at this moment," said Dean in the release. "He was a great player in our league at Millsaps, led his team to the Elite 8 in 2008 and I think he will become a star in our industry."
Rogan played four seasons at rival Millaps where he scored 1,355 points. Rogan was a senior on the Majors team that went 28-4, 13-2 in the SCAC. Millsaps won the conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament sectional finals before losing to eventual national champion Washington U.
After graduating from Millsaps with a bachelor's degree in business administration, Rogan was an assistant coach for three seasons at his alma mater under his former coach Tim Wise. Rogan then moved to University of Nebraska Omaha where he was an assistant coach under Brittany Lange for six seasons. The Mavericks began play as a Division I program in the Summit League during that period.
"Our program will build on the recent success of making the NCAA Tournament and winning the SAA Tournament," said Rogan in the release. "I'm just ready to get going and start working with the team as soon as possible. That first day of practice will be here before we know it."
Rogan replaces Lauren Sumski, who left her alma mater after two seasons to take the head coaching job at Division I Lipscomb. Sumski went 35-21 in two seasons as the Lynx's head coach.
Rhodes should return four of its five starters, including two players who were freshmen and one who was a sophomore last season. The Lynx lose senior forward Allie Young who was third-team All-Region and a three-time all-conference selection.