Memphis native Rodney Hamilton enters his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Tennessee State men’s basketball team in 2016-17.
One of the best players in Georgia State University history, Hamilton joined the TSU coaching staff prior to the 2012-13 season. His duties for the Tigers entail recruiting, player development, scouting and academic assistance.
"We are excited about having Rodney and his family as a part of our program here at Tennessee State University,” Head Coach Dana Ford said. “His experience as a former head coach and familiarity with the Ohio Valley Conference will help in our transition to becoming one of the premier teams in the OVC. He will also give us a recruiting presence in the city of Memphis, a place that is dear to all Big Blue fans."
Hamilton has helped lead the Tigers to two CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament berths (2013 and 2016). In his first season in 2012-13, TSU posted an 18-15 record and advanced to the OVC Semifinals. In 2015-16, the Tigers tied the program’s Division I record with 20 wins and again qualified for the OVC Semifinals. The Tigers also tied the record for the most wins in a season at the Gentry Center, going 11-3 at home.
Hamilton came to Tennessee State after serving as Head Coach of the women’s basketball team at Indiana Tech for three seasons (2009-12).
During the 2011-12 campaign, Hamilton guided Indiana Tech to its best start since the 2006-07 season. They ranked No. 15 in the Nov. 28 NAIA poll - a first for the program since 1993. Under his tutelage, the team tied for the most wins during the 2011-12 season for only the 3rd time since 2003. 10 players were NAIA scholar athletes, 18 players were named to the WHAC all-academic team and 6 student-athletes garnered All-Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) honors.
Prior to joining Indiana Tech in 2009, Hamilton served two seasons as an assistant men's basketball coach at Southeast Missouri State University.
Hamilton's primary duties for the Redhawks included serving as the program's recruiting coordinator as well as scheduling, player development, scouting and all other facets of the program.
Before making Cape Girardeau his home, Hamilton served two seasons as an assistant and associate head coach at Crichton College in his hometown of Memphis.
During his first season at Crichton College in 2005-2006, the men's basketball team enjoyed a 15 game turnaround from the previous season. They were able to finish with an 18-12 overall record, 3rd in the TranSouth Conference and was ranked as high as No. 13 in the NAIA Top 25 National Ranking.
In Hamilton's second season, the 2006-07 Crichton team advanced to the NAIA Elite Eight in the National Tournament held in Kansas City, Mo., after winning the TranSouth Conference regular season and tournament titles.
The team finished with a 28-8 regular and post-season record and ended 15-3 in the TranSouth Conference. Crichton was nationally-ranked during the course of the year being as No. 21, 22 and 25. After completing a 13-game winning streak, the Comets finished No. 7 in the nation in the NAIA national poll.
From 2001-05 Hamilton coached at Westside High School in Memphis. The Wildcats played in the 15 AA District (MIAA) Memphis Interscholastic Athletic Association.
Hamilton played collegiately at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga., where he lettered all four seasons he played. Hamilton graduated as the Panthers' all-time leader in scoring, assists and steals. He was a two-time All-Atlantic Sun Conference selection, earning first team and ASC All-Tournament honors in 1998.
He was named second team All-ASC in 1997 and garnered Academic All-ASC both years. Hamilton is the only player in school history to start more than 100 games and was the first GSU player to have his jersey number retired.
Hamilton was an inaugural member of the Georgia State University Athletics Hall of Fame. He was honored at a GSU football game in the fall of 2015 and officially enshrined into the Athletics Hall of Fame in April of 2016.
After his collegiate playing career, Hamilton participated in the NBA Atlanta Hawks free agent camp in 1998. Hamilton went on to play professionally for three seasons in Sweden, Switzerland and Hungary.
Hamilton was honored by the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) on Jan. 30, 2007 at halftime of his alma mater as a CAA Legend. The Legends program recognizes individuals who have excelled on the court and later achieved success in the business and professional world.
Hamilton earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Management from Georgia State in 1998. He completed his Master's of Arts in Education from Christian Brothers University in 2003.
Hamilton and his wife, Tamara are the parents of three daughters, Bailey Madison, Brooke McKenzie and Bella Marie.