Rodney Hamilton is in his second year as an assistant men's basketball coach for the Redhawks program.
Hamilton's primary duties for the Redhawks include 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, Tenn. Hamilton was named the associate head coach before arriving on the Southeast campus.
He became the head coach at Westside High School in Memphis, Tenn., in 2001 and moved to Crichton College an NAIA Division I program in 2005. 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. Three of Hamilton's players were named to the all-conference teams in the TranSouth Conference; two to first team all-conference and one player named to the all-freshman team.
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 championships. 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 having a 13-game winning streak, the Comets finished No. 7 in the nation in the NAIA national poll. Three players were named to all-conference teams. Two players were named to first team all-conference and while another was awarded second team all-conference honors.
Hamilton played collegiately at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga., where he lettered all four seasons he played. Hamilton is 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.
After his playing career Hamilton played 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 conference hands out the honor once per season to a men's basketball player that exemplifies the CAA.
"I've known Rodney since he was playing at Whitehaven High School in Memphis and I've always been impressed with his enthusiasm and character," Redhawks head coach Scott Edgar said. "He was the all-time assist leader as a collegiate player at Georgia State and should really be able to help our backcourt players. He has been successful as a head coach at Westside High School in Memphis and as an assistant at Crichton College. He will be a solid recruiter for us in the mid-south area."
Hamilton and his wife, Tamara are the parents of two daughters, Bailey Madison and Brooke McKenzie.