Randolph-Macon Men's Basketball History
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The tradition and success of Randolph-Macon College basketball are well documented throughout the state and across the nation.
|Hal Nunnally coached at R-MC for 24 years|
Paul Webb, who coached at Randolph-Macon for 19 years, retired with more victories, 511 (315 of which came at Randolph-Macon), than any other coach in Virginia collegiate history.
Hal Nunnally, who was an assistant under Webb for three years before taking over the program in the 1975-76 season, was able to link the past and present by continually turning out winning teams.
In 24 years, Nunnally’s teams not only continued the winning tradition at the college, but also took the program to new heights. In 1976-77, Nunnally led the Yellow Jackets to a 23-8 record and the NCAA Division II Championship in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the team finished second.
Randolph-Macon posted 10 20+ winning seasons during Nunnally’s tenure, including the 1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1989-90, 1990-91 and 1997-98 seasons when the Yellow Jackets were invited to play in NCAA regional tournaments. His teams also collected five conference championships, including three Mason-Dixon Athletic Conference titles and the 1989-90 and 1990-91 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championships. His teams won regular season tournament championships and regular season conference championships as well.
|Mike Rhoades led R-MC
to 197 wins in 10 years
Following Nunnally's retirement in 1999, Mike Rhoades took over the program for 10 years. Under the direction of Rhoades, the Yellow Jackets posted 20-plus wins in six of his final seven seasons and finished with a mark of 197-76 (.726). He lleft Randolph-Macon ranking in the top-15 among active Division III head coaches in winning percentage.
During his ten years at the helm, Randolph-Macon made four NCAA Tournament appearances and captured the 2003 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship. For his outstanding efforts, Rhoades was honored by his peers as ODAC Coach of the Year on three occasions.
His finest campaign came in 2002-2003, when the Yellow Jackets were ranked No.1 nationally for several weeks, won the ODAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament “Sweet Sixteen.” At the end of that season, Rhoades was named ODAC Coach of the Year, NABC South District Coach of the Year, VaSID State Coach of the Year and Richmond Times-Dispatch State Coach of the Year.
With a 74-66 victory at home against Roanoke on January 25, 2003, the program’s win total grew to 1,200. The 2002-03 Yellow Jacket squad achieved a program record for wins in a season, finishing 28-2 overall. With 1,255 total victories, Randolph-Macon currently ranks fourth behind the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Virginia Union University as one of the winningest schools in the state of Virginia.
Following Rhoades' departure for Division I VCU after the 2008-09 season, R-MC turned to one of its own in 1997 graduate Nathan Davis.
|Nathan Davis became just the fourth
R-MC head coach since 1956
Since returning to his alma mater in the spring of 2009, Nathan Davis has recorded 93 wins in four seasons with two ODAC Championships, four NCAA Tournament bids and an appearance in the Division III Final Four.
The Yellow Jackets won the 2013 ODAC title as the No. 3 seed. R-MC advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight season, the first time in program history for four consecutive NCAA bids.
R-MC went 21-10 overall this past season, including 11-5 in ODAC play and 10-2 at home in Crenshaw Gymnasium. The team registered its sixth straight 20-win season, also a program record. The Jackets won a pair of NCAA tourney games and advanced to the Division III Sweet Sixteen.
With 21 victories in 2011-12, R-MC secured its fifth consecutive 20+ win season. Davis’ squad was also ranked in the Top-25 and ranked as high as No. 3 in the NCAA South Regional Rankings during the year.
In 2010-11, Davis guided R-MC to a 25-5 record, a tie for first-place in the ODAC regular season standings and the ODAC Tournament title. For his efforts, Davis was named a finalist for the Glenn Robinson Division III Coach of the Year Award.
Davis returned to Ashland in April of 2009 and promptly led Randolph-Macon to one if its most successful seasons in the storied program’s history.
Randolph-Macon finished its 2009-10 season with 26 wins, the third most in the program's history and earned their first ever trip to the NCAA Division III Final Four.
Davis and his squad jumped out to a school record 13-0 record to start the season, garnering the school’s third No. 1 ranking during the fifth and sixth weeks of the season.
After that 13th win, R-MC hit a skid, losing four of their next six games before rebounding to close out regular season, winning four of five contests.
R-MC topped archrival Hampden-Sydney by 38 points in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament and knocked off top-seeded Eastern Mennonite to reach the finals, before bowing out to fellow National Semifinalist Guilford in the league championship.
After receiving the school’s 18th bid to the NCAA Tournament, R-MC traveled to Albright where it topped Cabrini 95-66 and Clark 70-60 to advance to the Sectional Finals at St. Mary’s of Maryland.
In the sectional semis, R-MC knocked off DeSales for the second time and punched their ticket to the Final Four with a 73-65 victory over Franklin & Marshall.
The win over F&M marked the seventh ranked team R-MC beat in 2009-10. During the regular season, the Yellow Jackets played seven NCAA Tournament teams in the field of 61, posting a 7-4 record, while topping three teams ranked No. 1 in their respective regions during the season.