RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Joey Rodriguez was the leader of the VCU Final Four team. Now, a year after graduation, he's returning to the college ranks.
Rodriguez is starting a college coaching career less than five miles from where he grew up.
Rodriguez recently joined Donnie Jones' coaching staff at the University of Central Florida as an assistant video coordinator. He is grateful for the opportunity to begin his post-playing career in Orlando.
After concluding his collegiate career, he played professionally in Puerto Rico and Turkey. This summer, he trained in preparation to return to Turkey, but conversations with Jones, who he has known since he attended Florida basketball camps in Gainesville as a middle school student, turned his attention to starting his coaching career early. Rodriguez has a family of his own now, which made the opportunity to work with the Knights even more appealing.
In his role with the Knights, Rodriguez will break down film of UCF's opponents and also dissect the team's practice clips.