Dusty Rhodes, North Florida

Dusty Rhodes, North Florida

Rhodes was the head baseball coach at the University of North Florida from 1988-2010 and oversaw the program’s elevation from the NAIA ranks, through DII and the Peach Belt, into Division I.  A five-time PBC Coach of the Year, he was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame in 2009 and won the ABCA Lefty Gomez Award in 2016.

He compiled a 1212-566 overall record in his tenure, 909-448 in 23 years at North Florida and 337-135 in his eight years as a part of the Peach Belt.  During that time the Ospreys were 175-58 in conference play (.751), winning the PBC regular-season championship five times.  UNF remains the only PBC baseball team to win three straight PBC titles, which they did from 1999-2002.

Under Rhodes’ leadership, UNF made the NCAA regional tournament five times and the  Division II World Series three times including in 2005, their last year as a part of Division II.  They reached the National Championship game that season, falling to Florida Southern in the final

Five of Rhodes’ players went on to play at the Major League level with 37 being drafted overall.  In his eight years with the PBC, 23 Ospreys were named All-Conference as well as the 2004 Pitcher of the Year, Travis Stanton, and the 1999 Freshman of the Year, Matt Incinelli.

In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Rhodes has international amateur baseball experience. He was selected as the head coach of the Greek Olympic team that competed in the 2004 Summer Games in Athens. He returned in 2005 to coach the Greek National Team in the 2005 European Championships. He was an assistant coach for Greece in 2002 and 2003 and served as an assistant coach for the 1996 Australian Olympic team. In 1993, 1994 and 2001, Rhodes served as an assistant coach for Team USA.

Inducted into the UNF Hall of Fame in 2011, the field at Harmon Stadium was named in his honor.  Rhodes is still a part of PBC baseball, serving as an assistant coach at Flagler College.

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