A former professional player and a teaching pro at some of the finest facilities in the nation, Kevin Rhoads is in his 11th season as Harvard's women's golf coach and third season as the Crimson men's head coach in 2014-15.
Rhoads was named New England PGA Teacher of the Year in 2008 and 2013. In October of 2010, Rhoads was recognized by Golf Digest as one of the nation's Top 20 teachers under 40 years old. Under his guidance, the Crimson has become arguably the top program in the Northeast region.
In the course of his first 10 seasons as women's coach, Rhoads has led the Crimson to its most successful period in the young history of women's golf at Harvard. Under his watch, Harvard has won a combined 35 tournaments - 26 more than the Crimson had won in its history before Rhoads joined the program - and has registered its seven lowest scoring averages in school history. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that the 22 lowest team scores in program history have all come during the last seven seasons alone.
Harvard became the first Ancient Eight school to win three straight Ivy League titles, as the Crimson won the 2014 Ivy title by 21 strokes. The squad then posted its best finish at the NCAA Regionals, finishing 13th at the NCAA Central Regional in Stillwater, Okla. Anne Cheng, who won the individual conference crown, was tabbed Ivy League Rookie of the Year, while Tiffany Lim, Bonnie Hu and Christine Lin were also tabbed to the All-Ivy team.
On the men's side, the Crimson placed third at the Ivy League Championships in 2014. Theo Lederhausen placed first among the individuals, marking the first time a Harvard men's golfer had done so since 1998. With his first-place finish, Lederhausen earned an at-large spot to the NCAA Championships. The Crimson also won two tournaments during the season, finishing first at the Princeton Invitational and Yale Spring Opener.
The Harvard women appeared in the NCAA West Regional after capturing the Ivy League Championship in 2012-13, marking the second time in program history Harvard won back-to-back conference titles. Harvard picked up three All-Ivy honors in its title defense, highlighted by Christine Lin who was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year after finishing in second place at the conference championship. Courtney Hooton joined Lin on the All-Ivy first team, while Bonnie Hu earned a second team nod. Rhoades led the Crimson to its second highest national ranking in program history (No. 65) and set school records for scoring average (302.6), birdies (180), par-3 scoring (3.28), par-4 scoring (4.32), par-5 scoring (5.05), the lowest round score (284) and best-ever national scoring rating (63rd).
Harvard won its third Ivy League title in five seasons in 2011-12, and the Crimson earned three nods to the All-Ancient Eight team. Bonnie Hu won the Ivy individual crown and garnered all-conference first team honors, while freshman Tiffany Lim was named the Ivy Rookie of the Year, joining Jane Lee on the All-Ivy second team. The team advanced to the NCAA Central Regional, finishing 18th.
Perhaps even more astoundingly, Harvard boasted seven tournament
victories alone in the 2008-09 season - winning all but one
tournament in the regular season and finishing second in that
event. The Crimson won its second consecutive Ivy League title,
placing three players on the All-Ivy League team out of seven
selections. Freshman Christine Cho was among the group and was also
named the inaugural Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
The 2007-08 campaign was no different as Rhoads led Harvard to its first Ivy League women's championship as the Crimson shot a 288 in the first round, cruising to the title by a stunning 10 strokes. Three Crimson golfers, Emily Balmert, Claire Sheldon and Jessica Hazlettt earned all-league honors and the Crimson finished 19th at the NCAA Central Region Championship hosted by the University of Texas. Harvard had an average score of 310.81 - nearly two strokes better than its previous best.
The 2006-07 season saw Harvard set a program record with an average score of 312.38 on its way to three tournament victories. The Crimson broke the 300 barrier on two occasions as Harvard shot a 297 in the opening round of the Dartmouth Invitational and had a 298 in the second round of the Yale Fall Intercollegiate. That success continued to the off season, when two of Rhoads' players, Sarah Harvey and Claire Sheldon, claimed victories in their respective state amateur tournaments.
The 2005-06 season proved to be Harvard's best Ivy League
tournament showing to date as the Crimson registered a second-place
finish at the Ivy League championships while producing the
school's first Ivy League individual champion. Rhoads saw three of
his players register the three lowest season stroke averages in
school history as Harvard shattered virtually all of its scoring
records during the season.
Rhoads moved to New England in April 2003 to become the teaching professional at The Country Club -- the storied facility which has hosted three U.S. Open championships and the 1999 Ryder Cup tournament and serves as one of Harvard's practice facilities.
Before joining the staff at The Country Club, Rhoads served as an instructor at the PGA Learning Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla., from 2001-03.
Rhoads played collegiately for two years at UCLA, where he walked on to the squad as a junior and earned honorable mention All-Pac 10 accolades as a senior. He went on to enjoy a three-and-a-half year professional playing career in which he competed on the Canadian PGA tour, the Golden Bear tour in Florida, the West Coast Tear Drop tour and the Buy.com Tour. He also attended PGA Tour qualifying school three times and advanced to the second stage twice.
Rhoads' golf background is deeply rooted in his family. His father, Rick, was a two-time All-America selection at the University of Southern California and a seven-year PGA Tour player before becoming the Head Professional at the San Francisco Golf Club where he has taught since 1976. His uncle, Ron, was formerly the head men's golf coach at USC, while his cousin, Roger Tambellini, joined the PGA Tour in 2004.
Rhoads earned a bachelor's degree in history from UCLA in 1995. He is a resident of Brookline, Mass.