Before agreeing to become UNTD’s first women’s basketball coach, Rodney Belcher reached a career milestone in 2018 when his Plano High School Lady Wildcat posted a 35-6 record, captured the Texas Class AAAAAA state championship, and earned him the Dallas Morning News’ All-Area Coach of the Year. During his six years as head coach, the Lady Wildcats won 78.9 percent of their games, compiling a record of 172 wins, 46 losses while winning three district titles.
A native of Waco, Belcher began his career coaching boys basketball at Dallas Bryan Adams and McKinney High. He later served as an assistant men’s coach at the University of New Mexico and Baylor. It was in 2003, at Albuquerque’s Rio Grande High, that he coached his first girls’ team. He then made the move to Plano in 2006, beginning a 14-year stay as an assistant, then head coach.
A two-sport standout at Waco High, he was an All-Centex and two-time All-District point guard on the basketball team and an infielder in baseball. During two years at McLennan Community College in Waco, he played on two basketball conference championship teams. He later played two seasons at the University of North Texas. In Denton, Belcher majored in physical education and minored in political science, then earned a Masters degree in Education Administration.
He and wife Nakia have a blended family of seven children.