CAMERON (April 13, 2009)--After several weeks of interviews and more than 160 applicants, the Cameron ISD School Board named their new Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Monday.
Rick Rhoades was named the finalist and was hired unanimously by the board. "We`re excited about coming to Cameron. As a coach, you always want to go where there is tradition, and Cameron and the things that Yoe High School has accomplished over the years, and we`re proud to be a part of that." Rhoades` said.
Rhoades` hiring comes after several weeks of interviews, as a selection committee consisting of Cameron ISD Administration weeded through more than 160 applicants. Rhoades is the first outside hire as Head Coach and AD since Todd Dodge was hired in 1994.
Rhoades takes over the Yoe job, after serving as defensive coordinator at Class 5A Coppell. Prior to the Coppell stop, Rhoades was the defensive coordinator at 4A New Braunfels in `97, when the Unicorns went to the state semi-finals. He then took over the reigns at New Braunfels in 2000 and led the them to the state 2002 championship game. He then served as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Converse Judson in `05, when Judson faced Euless Trinity for a 5A state title.
As far as football philosophy Rhoades said it all starts on the defensive side of the ball. Rhoades said, "I really believe to be a great football team, it`s gotta start on defense, and so that`s something that we will start building." Rhoades also said, his plan for success goes beyond the football field. "My role as Athletic Director is to try to put together the very best program that I can put together. It`s important to me that we`re successful in every sport. My son plays 3 sports, and I want all 3 of those sports to be successful. And we`re going to do everything within our athletic program to make sure that happens. A lot of it is going to be done with organization, a lot of it will be done with strength and conditioning. And I`ve got 3 daughters, the girls program is important to me, because I`m vested. I told the board I promise you my wife will never ask me about the football program, but she`ll be asking about the girl`s volleyball and basketball programs."
Coach Rhoades bring with him from Coppell, his wife, Sherry, who is a teacher and 4 children, including son, Jack, who is a sophomore, and 3 daughters; Janay, who is a freshman, along with Jaci and Julie, who are both in junior high.