Following in his older brother's footsteps to Virginia, now Dr. Bobby Stokes, Ricky Stokes made a name for himself with the Cavs, playing in four-straight NCAA Tournaments and two Finals Fours during his reign.
A 13-time NCAA Tournament veteran as both a coach and a player, Ricky Stokes enters his second year on the Gamecock basketball staff.
Stokes knows USC Head Coach Dave Odom and his system well, as he coached with Odom at Virginia (1984-85) and joined Odom's first staff at Wake Forest (1989-1997).
Prior to joining the Gamecocks, Stokes served four seasons as the head coach at Virginia Tech. He complied a 45-70 record with the Hokies, guiding the Hokies from play in the Atlantic 10 (one season) to playing in the Big East the past three years.
While an assistant coach, Stokes was involved in eight NCAA Tournaments (once reaching the Elite Eight and twice the Sweet 16). He also was a part of four NCAA Tournament teams at the University of Virginia, where he played guard from 1980-84.
During his 11 seasons as a full-time assistant coach, Stokes recruited and/or coached such talent as 1997 college Player of the Year and No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Tim Duncan, and NBA first-round picks Randolph Childress and Rodney Rogers of Wake Forest. In addition, Stokes also recruited McDonald's All-American center Loren Woods and 1997-98 ACC Freshman of the Year Robert O'Kelley to Wake Forest. At Virginia, he also recruited ACC Freshman of the Year, Chris Williams (1997-98).
Stokes began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Virginia during the 1984-85 season. After one year, he entered the business world for two years. He stayed involved in coaching as an assistant at his high school alma mater, while earning his master's degree in counselor education from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1988. Stokes then joined the staff of former Virginia assistant Jim Larranaga at Bowling Green for the 1988-89 season.
He joined first-year coach Dave Odom's staff at Wake Forest before the 1989-90 season, and played a major role in the development of All-American guard Randolph Childress as well as fellow guards Marc Blucas, Derrick McQueen, Anthony Tucker, Rusty LaRue, Tony Rutland and Jerry Braswell. In Stokes' eight years at Wake Forest, the Deacons advanced to the NCAA Tournament seven times including an Elite Eight appearance in 1995-96 and Sweet 16 nods in 1994-95 and 1992-93.
After working at his alma mater - Virginia - under his former college teammate, Jeff Jones, during the 1997-98 season, Stokes joined Rick Barnes' staff at Clemson two weeks before Barnes accepted the head coaching job at the University of Texas. Stokes followed Barnes to Texas, where he spent the 1998-99 season as Associate Head Coach. That year, he helped guide the Longhorns to a 19-13 overall record and an NCAA first-round appearance. Texas went 13-3 in the Big 12 Conference, winning the league title for the first time in school history. Stokes also signed three of the top 10 players in the state of Texas during the fall signing period.
Following a standout prep career at Highland Springs High School in his hometown of Richmond, Va., Stokes enrolled at the University of Virginia. He played point guard for UVa's Final Four team as a freshman in 1979-80. The Cavaliers advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of Stokes' four seasons. In fact, UVa was a No. 1 tournament seed in each of the last three years of the Ralph Sampson Era, from 1980-81 through 1982-83. As a senior in 1983-84, Stokes helped a Sampson-less squad to the Final Four in Seattle after finishing fifth in the ACC regular season.
Stokes served as co-captain of the 1983-84 team and earned the Virginia Basketball Leadership Award. Nationally, he was honored with the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, which is presented annually to the country's finest player under six-feet-tall.
While at Virginia, Stokes played in a school-record 134 consecutive games. Cavalier teams went 109-25 during his tenure, while posting a 43-13 league mark en route to three consecutive ACC championships (1980-81 through 1982-83). Stokes was also recognized for his outstanding contributions to the university off the court. He was given the honor of residing on The Lawn, and was selected to the prestigious IMP society. Stokes graduated from Virginia in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
Stokes and his wife, Karen, have one daughter, Sydney (8).
RICKY STOKES QUICK FACTS
Full name Roderick Leonard Stokes
Date of birth March 29, 1962
Hometown Richmond, Va.
High School Highland Springs HS (Richmond, Va.)
College Virginia, 1984 (four-year letterwinner at Virginia)
Graduate degree Virginia Commonwealth, 1988
Children Sydney (born Aug. 24, 1996)
NCAA TOURNAMENT EXPERIENCE
1980-81 Player Virginia Final Four
1981-82 Player Virginia Sweet 16
1982-83 Player Virginia Elite Eight
1983-84 Player Virginia Final Four
1990-91 Assistant Coach Wake Forest 2nd Round
1991-92 Assistant Coach Wake Forest 1st Round
1992-93 Assistant Coach Wake Forest Sweet 16
1993-94 Assistant Coach Wake Forest 2nd Round
1994-95 Assistant Coach Wake Forest Sweet 16
1995-96 Assistant Coach Wake Forest Elite Eight
1996-97 Assistant Coach Wake Forest 2nd Round
1998-99 Assistant Coach Texas 1st Round
2003-04 Assistant Coach USC 1st Round
COLLEGE COACHING EXPERIENCE
1984-85 Graduate Assistant, Virginia
1988-89 Assistant Coach, Bowling Green
1989-97 Assistant Coach, Wake Forest
1997-98 Assistant Coach, Virginia
1998-99 Associate Head, Coach Texas
1999-2003 Head Coach, Virginia Tech
2003-present Assistant Coach, South Carolina
Learn A Little More About COACH STOKES
What number did you were in college and why: I wore No. 15 when I played because my brother wore No. 20 and I wanted to be different
The best basketball players I've ever coached: Tim Duncan and Rodney Rogers
Favorite Olympic event: Marathon
The best basketball player I've ever played against: Michael Jordan
The best advice I have ever been given: Enjoy what you do!
Growing up, I had these posters on my wall: Dr. J. and George 'Iceman' Gervin
If I had to cook all my own food, I would live on: Bagels and cream cheese
What impressed you most about Dave Odom: His ability to always listen
Favorite soda and favorite food: Fresca and Shrimp Pad Thai
I would like to have witnessed this sporting event in person: Ali/Frazier - Thriller in Manila
Prized possession: Two Final Four rings ('81 & '84)
Team I'd like to add to our schedule: Hawaii - Away!
If USC could play in any arena, I would like to see them play in: Pauley Pavilion (UCLA)
People would be surprised to know: I intend to qualify and run in the Boston Marathon