Every day, Mike Rhoades wears a custom-made black rubber bracelet that says “Lots of love and faith — with no excuses.” Rhoades swears by this motto, and he hopes to bring his philosophy to the Rice University men’s basketball team as the new head coach.
This past weekend, the Rice University women’s tennis team traveled to Williamsburg, Va. to compete against the College of William and Mary and Yale University. Due to inclement weather, all the matches were held indoors, but that did not stop the Owls from winning the tournament.
The Rice University baseball team faced Conference USA foe Middle Tennessee State University this past weekend in Murfreesboro, Tenn. For the first time this season, the Owls lost a three-game series, dropping two of three games. Thirty games into the season, the Rice Owls are 21-9 while posting a 9-3 conference record.
The Rice University men’s basketball team hired former Virginia Commonwealth University assistant Mike Rhoades as its head coach, director of athletics Joe Karlgaard announced on Wednesday, March 26. The hiring comes in the wake of the resignation of former head coach Ben Braun, who relinquished his duties on March 13.
Last weekend, swimmer Casey Clark represented Rice University in three events at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. Clark, a Baker College junior, competed in the 100-yard butterfly, the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle events.
The Rice University men’s and women’s track and field teams began their outdoor season this past weekend at the Texas Southern University Relays at TSU in San Marcos, Texas.
This past weekend the Rice men’s tennis team competed in the 56th annual Rice Invitational against Texas A&M, Corpus Christi and Tulane University. Despite persistent rain on Friday, the team won 4-0 against Texas A&M, Corpus Christi.
The Rice University men’s baseball team traveled to Miami, Fla. on March 14 to face No. 19 Florida International University in a three-game series. In the first contest, junior pitcher Zech Lemond started the game and pitched a career-long eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits.
Ben Braun, the Rice University men’s basketball coach, announced his immediate resignation on Thursday, March 13, marking the end of his six year tenure with the Owls despite having two years remaining on his contract. During his time in Houston, Braun compiled a 63-128 record, which included a record of 12-49 over the past two seasons. Rice finished this season with 18 losses out of 20 games, including a last-second loss to the University of North Texas in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament.
During spring break, the Rice University men’s tennis team ventured to La Jolla, Calif. to participate in the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship. The tournament lasted from Feb. 28 to March 3 and allowed players to enter alongside coaches.