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Derek Rhodes

Head Coach of Men’s Soccer

Derek Rhodes is in his ninth year as the head men’s soccer coach at St. Norbert College in 2020.

Rhodes, who is 102-38-18 at St. Norbert, led the Green Knights to Midwest Conference titles in 2017 and 2018 and NCAA Division III Tournament apperances in 2016 and 2019. The Green Knights are 48-3-4 in Midwest Conference play in the last five seasons.

The Green Knights posted a 16-5-3 record in 2019 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. St. Norbert earned wins over then No. 9-ranked Loras and UW-Whitewater, and later gained a double-overtime win over Knox in the championship game of the Midwest Conference TOurnament.

Rhodes brought St. Norbert back to the NCAA Tournament in 2016 after a 10-year hiatus, posting a 16-4-1 overall record. He also led the Green Knights to the Midwest Conference championship in 2015. St. Norbert went 8-1-1 in conference play to win its first conference title since 2007.

The Green Knights advanced to the Midwest Conference Tournament in 2013 after a three-year hiatus. St. Norbert advanced to the MWC Tournament championship game after a third-place regular-season finish at 8-2. The Green Knights finished 9-8-3 overall.

Rhodes led the Green Knights to an 8-7-3 record during his first year at the helm, a six-win improvement over the previous season. The Green Knights finished Midwest Conference play 5-3-2 to narrowly miss a berth in the Midwest Conference Tournament. St. Norbert went 8-2 in games decided by one goal and finished the season on a four-game winning streak.

Prior to arriving at St. Norbert, Rhodes has four seasons as the head boys’ soccer coach at Ashwaubenon High School (2008-2011). From 2004 to 2007, Rhodes was an assistant coach at St. Norbert under his father, Dale, when the Green Knights won three Midwest Conference championships and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament three times.

Under Rhodes, Ashwaubenon finished 59-26-9. The Jaguars won the Fox River Classic Conference in 2010, their first conference championship in 19 years. Ashwaubenon also won the FRCC West Division title in 2008.

During Rhodes’ tenure as an assistant at St. Norbert, the Green Knights posted a 61-14-4 overall record and went 34-1-1 in Midwest Conference play. The 2004 squad finished 17-1-2 and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament, while the 2006 team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Rhodes, a De Pere native, was a decorated college player at the University of Massachusetts. Rhodes was a first-team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection during his senior year of 2002, and was also an All-New England Selection. Rhodes helped the Minutemen to a pair of A-10 regular-season championships, one A-10 Tournament title and a second-round appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2001.

Rhodes is the general manager and director of coaching for the Sports Emporium in De Pere. He has also been involved in coaching for De Pere Select Soccer since 2007, and holds a USSF “C” National Coaching License.
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