An exciting coach to watch on the court because of his love the game, Rick Duckett must have been born with a basketball in his hands.
Rick Duckett is in his sixth season with the Gamecocks. Duckett was head coach at Winston-Salem State for three seasons prior to coming to Carolina and is in his second stint on the USC staff after serving in the same capacity for Bill Foster for the 1985-86 season.
Duckett is responsible for recruiting, scouting, working with the perimeter players in practice, overseeing the academic area for the student-athletes and is the Director of the Offensive Skills Camp in the summer.
Duckett, who also was the head coach at Fayetteville State for five seasons, combines with the rest of the Gamecock staff to give USC three coaches with head coaching experience. Along with Odom (18 years at Wake Forest, East Carolina and South Carolina) and Duckett (eight years at W-S State and Fayetteville State), assistant coach Ricky Stokes was head coach at Virginia Tech for four seasons, giving the USC staff a combined 30 seasons of head coaching experience.
Duckett had a remarkable record at Winston-Salem State in his three seasons there. He led the squad to a combined 73-19 mark Lower right: while capturing the CIAA championship in 1999 and 2000. Duckett had a five-year mark of 76-57 at Fayetteville State (1994-98, leaving his eight-year head coaching tally at an impressive 149-76 (.662). In both 1999 and 2000, Duckett earned the CIAA Tournament Coaches Award, and he also was the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Coach of the Year in 1999.
Duckett earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of North Carolina in 1979 and a Master's degree in Education in 1980 from UNC. In his time at UNC, he served as an undergraduate assistant for the Tar Heels and went on to become the junior varsity coach and a graduate assistant coach during the 1979-80 season.
He continued his coaching career the following season, spending two years as an assistant at Harvard (1981-82) before returning to his high school alma mater, R.J. Reynolds, as assistant coach for one season (1983). He spent one season at Jacksonville University (1984) and at the University of Central Florida (1985) before serving one season on the staff of Bill Foster at South Carolina (1986). Duckett then spent six seasons as an assistant at Wichita State (1987-92), helping lead the Shockers to two NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT showing. Prior to his head coaching assignment at Fayetteville State (1994-98), he returned to R.J. Reynolds High as an assistant coach for one season (1993).
Duckett is married to the former Letita Miller. They have a son, Philip (19), and a daughter, Keigan (14).
rick duckett quick facts
Given Name: Ricky L. Duckett
Born: August 3, 1957 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
High School Education: R.J. Reynolds High School
College Education: Bachelor's degree in education from North Carolina, 1979; Master's degree in education from North Carolina in 1980
Coaching Career: Graduate Assistant Coach, North Carolina, 1980; Assistant Coach, Harvard, 1981-82; Assistant Coach, R.J. Reynolds High School, 1983; Assistant Coach, Jacksonville, 1984; Assistant Coach, Central Florida, 1985; Assistant Coach, South Carolina, 1986; Assistant Coach, Wichita State, 1987-92; Assistant Coach, R.J. Reynolds High School, 1993; Head Coach, Fayetteville State, 1994-98; Head Coach, Winston-Salem State, 1999-2001; Assistant Coach, South Carolina, 2001-present
Coaching Honors: CIAA Tournament Coaches Award, 1999, 2000; NCAA Division II South Atlantic Coach of the Year, 1999
Children: Philip (19), Keigan (14)
Learn A Little More About COACH DUCKETT
Favorite event/sport in the Olympics: Track and Field - 100m and 200m
The best basketball player 've ever coached: Otis Smith
The best advice I have ever been given: Never judge a book by its cover
Growing up, I had these posters on my wall: Dr. J and Kareem
If I had to cook all my own food, I would live on: Steak and baked potatoes
What impressed you most about Dave Odom: Willing to try different things
If I could change one thing about college basketball, I would: Change the length of the playing season
Favorite soda and favorite food: Mountain Dew and Chinese
I would like to have witnessed this sporting event in person: Ali/Frazier fight
Prized possession: My family
My parents were right when they told me: Tough times don't last. Tough people do.
Team I'd like to add to our schedule: UCLA
If USC could play in any arena, I would like to see them play in: The Boston Garden
Who will have a big year this year: Tre' Kelley