Rodney English has accepted the position of men’s assistant basketball coach, Chattanooga head coach John Shulman announced Tuesday.
English joins the Mocs’ staff after spending three seasons as an assistant with the women’s program at East Tennessee State working for former UTC women’s assistant Karen Kemp. His primary duties at ETSU were recruiting and the preparation of scouting reports.
English starred for the Bucs from 1990-92 while Shulman was an assistant coach at ETSU. “Rodney will bring fantastic energy on the road while recruiting and on the floor while coaching” Shulman said. “He has played and coached at this level. He has played overseas. He has had a variety of experiences. He took us to great heights at ETSU and will do the same for us here in Chattanooga.”
English worked primarily with the ETSU backcourt, including 2005 all-conference selection B.J. Banjo and 2004 all-conference freshman team member Brooke Wilhoit. In 2005-06, English’s ETSU guard contingent yielded first team all-conference honors for Banjo, as well Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Year accolades for sophomore Nichelle Akers.
A native of Denmark, S.C., English enjoyed an outstanding two-year career at ETSU after transferring from Anderson Junior College, where he was an All-American in 1989-90 as well as NJCAA Region X Player of the Year. English was twice named to the All-Southern Conference team and All-SoCon tournament team, while leading ETSU to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 1991 and 1992. He scored 998 career points in two seasons at ETSU including a 17-point performance in an NCAA Tournament win over Arizona.
Following graduation, English played professionally with the Tampa Bay Sun Blasters of the United States Basketball League, the Salin Basketball Club of the French Federation Basketball League and the Tianjin Basketball Club of the Chinese Basketball League. He also spent a season touring with the Harlem Globetrotters.
English began his coaching career in Johnson City in 1999 while teaching at University School. He was the junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach until 2001. English then went on teach at McIntosh County Academy in Darien, Ga., where he was the head basketball coach and was named the Region 3A Coach of the Year.
English returned to ETSU in 2002 as an assistant coach for the women’s program.
English graduated from ETSU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1992 and a Master of Arts in Teaching in 1999. His wife Kimberly is a 1993 graduate of ETSU. The couple has a three-year-old daughter, Hillary, and is expecting a second child this summer.