Rick Duckett was named an assistant coach with the Tennessee State University men's basketball program in the summer of 2011. His duties will primarily consist of working with the guards and developing the Tigers' defensive strategy.
Duckett joins TSU with more than 30 years of coaching experience and after spending two seasons (2008-09) as a basketball color analyst for UNC Greensboro on 101.1 WZTK-FM. He carries nine years of head coaching experience with three different programs while gathering a career record of 156-98.
Head Coach John Cooper and Duckett reunite after working together under two programs. During Cooper's collegiate career as a player at Wichita State, Duckett was an assistant (1987-92). He helped lead the Shockers to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1988 and 1997 and a N.I.T berth in 1989.
From 1993-98, Duckett was head coach at Fayetteville State (CIAA) with Cooper serving as an assistant from 1993-95. In his first stint as a head coach, Duckett led the Broncos to a 76-57 record while serving FSU as an assistant athletic director and instructor.
In 1998, Duckett earned his second head coaching opportunity taking over the helm at Winston-Salem State (CIAA) until 2001. He posted a remarkable record in his three seasons leading the program to a combined 73-19 mark while capturing the CIAA championship in 1999 and 2000.
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.
After WSSU, he served his second term with South Carolina (SEC) Basketball from 2001-08 under head coach Dave Odom. He rejoined the staff after serving in the same capacity for head coach Bill Foster (Rutgers, Utah, Duke, South Carolina, Northwestern) for the 1985-86 season.
From 2008-09, Duckett grabbed the head coaching reins once again when he spent one season at the helm at Grambling State (SWAC) posting a 6-23 record.
In addition, Duckett has spent years as an assistant spending one season with Central Florida (1983-84) and Jacksonville (1983-84). A year prior to those appointments, he spent the first of two stints at North Carolina high school powerhouse R.J. Reynolds (Winston Salem, N.C.) returning as a teacher and coach from 1992-93.
Duckett began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, North Carolina (Chapel Hill), from 1979-1980. In got his full-time start as the head coach of the freshman squad at Harvard University from 1980-1982.
Duckett is a native of Winston Salem, N.C. receiving his B.A. and MAT from UNC. He is married to the former Letita Miller. They have a son, Philip, and a daughter, Keigan.