Coach DeGeorge enters his seventh season as head coach for the Men’s Basketball Team in 2016-17.
Rhodes has enjoyed resurgence in the men’s basketball program under Coach DeGeorge’s leadership.
During his inaugural campaign in 2010-11, the Lynx built a foundation for success while posting a 7-18 record. That foundation led to one of the largest improvements in the nation as the Lynx won 18 games in 2011-12 and had the best conference record in 20 seasons.
The 2012-13 season, saw the Lynx take that next step as they earned a share of the Southern Athletic Association regular season championship. The Lynx continued their winning ways under DeGeorge in 2013-14 by posting a 15-12 record, followed by an impresive 2014-15 season ending with a 20-7 record while again earned a share of the SAA regualr season title. DeGeorge also led an All-Conference First Team player (Drew Miller) during the 2014-15 season.
Previously, Coach DeGeorge transformed the basketball program of Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, Iowa), elevating the program from three wins in 2005-2006 to 21 wins in 2008-2009. Cornell’s 21-win season was a school record and the school’s first Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) Championship, followed by the school’s first NCAA bid in 15 years. Shortly thereafter, DeGeorge was named IIAC Coach of the Year. Prior to Cornell, DeGeorge served as Head Basketball Coach at Eureka College (Eureka, IL) from 2000-2004. Under his coaching, Eureka basketball saw a similar transformation as the team improved from two wins in 2000-01 to a 17-win season in 2003-2004, the most wins the school had seen in a decade.
DeGeorge also had a very successful run as an assistant coach at high quality national liberal arts colleges similar to Rhodes. DeGeorge served as the full-time recruiting coordinator at Grinnell (Iowa) College in 1999-2000. The class he recruited eventually won two Midwest Conference championships and scored more than 6,000 career points. Prior to Grinnell, DeGeorge formed his coaching philosophy as the top assistant for five seasons at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. Lawrence won the 1997 Midwest Conference championship — the school’s first since 1943 — and qualified for the school’s first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. DeGeorge also coached at Beloit (Wis.) College for one season with legendary coach Bill Knapton, who retired with more than 500 career NCAA Division III victories. DeGeorge started his coaching career at Marmion Academy in Aurora, Ill., where he was the sophomore basketball coach and varsity golf coach for one season.
A 1992 graduate of Monmouth (Ill.) College, DeGeorge was a member of the class with the most men's basketball wins in school history, posting a four-year record of 75-20. Those teams won a Midwest Conference championship, four Southern Division championships, and made two trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament. DeGeorge also posted the lowest stroke average for the 1991 and 1992 golf teams at Monmouth. He earned a master's degree in education from Viterbo (Wis.) University in 1997.
DeGeorge and his wife, Christi, live in Memphis with their son, Max and daughters, Maya, Morgan, and Madison who all attend Lausanne Collegiate School.