VIRGINIA BEACH -- Virginia Wesleyan College's men's basketball program is adding an assistant coach who knows the Marlins very well.
Rhett Bonner faced the Marlins numerous times during his intercollegiate playing days at Guilford College and then faced VWC again as an assistant coach at Randolph-Macon College. But, after playing and coaching against the Marlins, Bonner has now become a Marlin as he has been named the VWC assistant coach.
Marlins head coach Dave Macedo selected Bonner to help guide the Marlins after his proven success at Guilford and R-MC. Bonner scored over 1,000 points at Guilford, where he helped to lead the Quakers to the NCAA Division III Final Four in 2009 and 2010. He coached one season at R-MC where he helped the Yellow Jackets to a final 21-7 record and an NCAA tournament berth.
"We are very excited to have Rhett on board," said Macedo. "He was an exceptional player in the ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) and a proven winner. He has incredible passion and enthusiasm for the game. His knowledge of basketball, his work ethic, and his drive to constantly improve have me excited about working with him. He's on his way to becoming a dynamic young coach."
Bonner comes to Virginia Wesleyan from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where he was a men's basketball program assistant. He had numerous responsibilities with the 49er's, including advance scouting for all opponents and serving as the assistant director of all Alan Major basketball camps.
He went to UNC Charlotte from Randolph-Macon, where he held similar duties with the Jackets. He was responsible for scouting opponents and also managed off-court player development programs such as study halls and the work-study program. Bonner was also heavily involved in recruiting as the Jackets' coordinator for the southeast region.
Prior to coaching for Nathan Davis at R-MC, Bonner played for one year with the Washington Generals, the team that competes against the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. He traveled and competed in 22 countries.
As a player at Guilford, Bonner was a consistent threat from three-point range. He finished his career ranked No. 5 among the Quakers' all-time leaders in triples made (168) and attempted (418). He also ranks No. 3 in three-point field goal accuracy (.402). Bonner is Guilford's all-time leader in free throw accuracy (.854)
"Rhett is the complete package," said Macedo. "He has hit the ground running and is a very positive addition to our program. He will do a great job helping our student-athletes achieve success. "