Posted Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Roger Bacon High School has hired Grayson Rhoades as its new boys basketball head coach, to begin with the 2022-23 season. Coach Rhoades is currently an assistant to head coach Brian Neal, who announced in November that this season, his 17th leading the program, will be his last. Rhoades has been with the program since 2014. Rhoades joined the Roger Bacon staff as an intervention specialist in 2019, and was recently promoted to Department Chair of Intervention Services.
“Grayson’s knowledge, energy, and passion will allow him to be successful here at Roger Bacon. I know it has been a goal of Grayson’s to be head coach, and I’m happy to be able to give him that chance here,” says Roger Bacon Athletic Director Steve Rossi.
Rhoades is a Cincinnati native and attended La Salle High School where he played for Coach Dan Fleming from 2000-2004. The 2003-04 LaSalle team finished the season 23-2, with GCL, District, and Regional championships. Rhoades would move on to play basketball for two years at Mount St. Joseph University, before injuries ended his career. He immediately joined the MSJ staff as an assistant and scout, serving from 2007-2009. He earned his undergraduate degree in liberal arts from the Mount, and continued his education at Xavier University, earning his masters in special education.
Prior to joining the Roger Bacon basketball program, Rhoades was also an assistant at Deer Park high school in 2012-13. He joined the Roger Bacon staff in 2014, where he has served as head coach of the junior varsity team and as an assistant to varsity head coach Brian Neal.
“Having the opportunity to coach and teach at Roger Bacon High School has been nothing short of a blessing,” says Rhoades. “Roger Bacon continues to feel like my home away from home. It is an honor to even be considered for this distinguished position. The tradition of this program rivals any in the state of Ohio and that in and of itself is extraordinary. Previous coaches, like Callahan, Rice, Cronin, Brewer and especially Coach Neal, who gave me my opportunity, have built this program into the powerhouse that it is today. My goal, as coach, will be to continue this winning tradition and instill the ideals of Spartan basketball: Players that are disciplined, unselfish, and coachable, with a mental and physical toughness within, making sure they develop into successful young men beyond their experiences at Roger Bacon. That is the legacy of the program, and one I plan to continue.”
Grayson and his wife Amy have three children, Jaelyn (10), Bryce (7) and Vinny (3) and live in Monfort Heights.