A former Pepperdine baseball player, David Rhoades was promoted to Associate Athletic Director in August 2003 after serving the previous nine years on the athletics staff as an assistant baseball coach and Director of Athletic Academic Services.
Rhoades maintains an array of responsibilities, including game management operations, athletic event contracts, scheduling and new construction. Additionally, he assists the Director of Athletics in the daily operations and long-term strategic planning of the department. He also serves as postseason tournament director for events hosted by Pepperdine and has administrative oversight of facilities, athletic medicine and drug testing.
Rhoades served as an assistant baseball coach at Pepperdine for five seasons (1995-99). During his tenure with the Waves, the team compiled a cumulative record of 181-101-1 (.641) and advanced to the NCAA Championships in 1995 and 1999. The Waves won the West Coast Conference title in 1995 and were ranked as high as third in the nation in 1999.
Prior to returning to Pepperdine in 1994, Rhoades was the head baseball coach at nearby Moorpark High School, where he directed the Musketeers to a cumulative five-year record of 69-41-1 (.626). The Musketeers won league championships in 1992, 1993 and 1994 and advanced to the CIF Southern Section playoffs all five seasons. In addition to his coaching accolades, Rhoades has 13 years of classroom teaching experience.
A baseball and basketball standout at Hayden (Ariz.) High, Rhoades helped his baseball team capture the Arizona state championship in 1978 and 1979.
Rhoades continued his baseball career at Yavapai Junior College in Prescott, Ariz., which is regarded as one of the nation's top community college programs. After transferring to Pepperdine, Rhoades earned the starting shortstop position for the Dave Gorrie-coached Waves team in 1982. He responded by batting .289 and setting the single-season record for steal percentage at .881 (37-42).
Rhoades played one year of minor league baseball in Walla Walla, Wash., before returning to Pepperdine to complete a bachelor's degree in liberal arts in 1985. Rhoades also earned a master's degree in education from Azusa Pacific University.
Rhoades and his wife, Joy, also a Pepperdine graduate, have two sons, Casey and Corey.