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Rhodes College hires offensive coordinator of D3 conference rival as its new head coach

Rhodes College on Wednesday announced Rich Duncan as its new head coach.

"I am extremely excited to be named the head football coach at Rhodes College," said Duncan. "From the beginning of this process, the people whom I have met have been extraordinary. I know from these personal experiences that Rhodes is a special place and cannot wait to get started on the work that is ahead of us. My first priority is getting to know the current players, the incoming players, and the Rhodes community as a whole. I am excited to work with the other members of the coaching staff, the faculty, alumni, and the administration to build a program of which we can all be proud. I especially look forward to building life-lasting relationships."

Rhodes College is a Division III school in Memphis. The Lynx compete in the Southern Athletic Association, and Duncan arrives from SAA rival Berry College.

Duncan had been with the Berry program since its 2013 founding. He helped the Vikings go 43-6 over their past five seasons with a total of five SAA titles in his eight seasons and two Division III playoff victories.

His 2018 offense ranked second in the SAA in scoring and led the league in rushing.

Prior to Berry, Duncan spent seven seasons as the head coach at Aurora University, where he was 38-33 with a trip to the 2008 D3 playoffs.

"A play-caller for 25-plus years, Coach Duncan will bring instant energy to our football team," Rhodes AD Matt Dean said. "This is a great day for our football program and for our players. I appreciate the Football Leadership Council and our search committee in this process. As a football program, we just got better."

The Lynx went 0-4 in their spring season and 1-9 in 2019, allowing 111 combined points to Berry in the two seasons. Duncan's offense threw for 239 yards and rushed for 228 in a 54-7 Vikings win on Feb. 27.

Travis James served as the Lynx's interim head coach for the spring season following the January resignation of 5-year head coach Jim Ryan.

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