If you remember, about a month ago there was the seemingly out-of-nowhere story of former Cat Rodrick Rhodes becoming a hot commodity in the Kentucky high school coaching ranks. He was courted by several schools but eventually settled on Cordia High School in Lott’s Creek, a place Rhodes apparently had never heard of before looking at the coaching position. Rhodes talked to WKYT about his new job and a little bit of the story behind the story of how he ended up the coach at Cordia:
How Rhodes discovered Cordia was as simple as a phone call; actually two phone calls.
In June, rumors began to surface that the former Wildcat guard was interested in the same position at Owsley County. Melton got wind of Rhodes’ interest, then made a phone call.
“I called a college buddy who lives in northern Kentucky and he gave Rodrick’s phone number. It was as simple as that,” Melton says.
Rhodes, who spent three years at UK, received pictures of the Cordia campus and investigated the school via the internet. However, it took some convincing from a former teammate at UK to complete the deal.
Rhodes called Jeff Sheppard, the Most Outstanding Player in the 1998 Final Four.
“Without question Jeff was the man who sealed the deal. Others offered more, but after speaking with Sheppard, Rod was sold on Cordia,” Melton said. “As soon as he got here, people were standing beside the road and clapping and cheering him on. Community members helped him unload his belongings and helped him move in the dorm.”
So there you have it. Rodrick Rhodes is the coach of a tiny school in Eastern Kentucky, and Jeff Sheppard was the power broker that made it happen. Who would have thought?