JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 10, 2003) - Former East Tennessee State men's basketball standout and Harlem Globetrotter Rodney English has accepted the position as the Buccaneer's assistant women's basketball coach.
"I'm extremely happy to have Rodney on our staff," said head coach Karen Kemp. "He brings a lot of enthusiasm and will be a great ambassador for our program. Rodney is someone who knows the university and has spent a lot of time in the area."
A native of Denmark, S.C., English enjoyed an outstanding two-year career on the basketball courts of ETSU after transferring from Anderson Junior College, where he was an All-American in 1989-90 and NJCAA Region X Player of the Year as a sophomore. As a Buc, 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.
English garnered ETSU Most Valuable Player honors during the 1991-92 season in which he led the team in scoring (17.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg). He ended his collegiate career eighth all-time in points per game (15.6) and fourth in field goal percentage (.570).
Following a successful stint at ETSU, English spent one season playing with the Tampa Bay Sun Blasters of the United States Basketball League before embarking on a career with the Globetrotters from 1994-96. He was named the MVP of the team's "Ultimate Challenge" tour in 1995 after averaging 14.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
In 1997-98 English played professionally for the Salin Basketball Club of the French Federation Basketball League and then spent a year with the Tianjin Basketball Club of the Chinese Basketball League from 1998-99.
English returned to Johnson City in 1999 to become an eighth grade history teacher at University School and was also the boys junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach until 2001. English then went on teach ninth grade remedial reading at McIntosh County Academy in Darien, Ga., where he was Region 3A Coach of the Year for the 2002-03 season.
"I feel that I am ready for such an opportunity, and I felt like I had to take it now," English said about returning to his alma mater. "I think East Tennessee State has given me many opportunities both as a student and as an athlete that have helped me mature for life in general - it's truly a pleasure to be back."
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 was a 1993 graduate of ETSU. The couple resides in Johnson City with their one-year-old daughter Hillary.